In the middle of nowhere, preparations for a ritual as old as time....His name is?
In the middle of nowhere, preparations for a ritual as old as time....His name is Tom.He will be a star in the coming Corroboree...stroke by stroke, his ornate decoration is painted on by the older men.
The women mix the o???-paints, but have no part in the decorating.These men are on the edge of the Simpson Desert, in far north-western Australia.They're preparing for a special corroboree at Balgo Hills Mission, near Hall's Creek, seventeen-hundred air miles north of Perth.The mission is one of the most remote places in Australia.
The corroboree was prepared in the desert fourteen miles from the mission itself.The aborigines are members of the *Gogodja Tribe -- one of the most primitive tribes remaining in Australia.
Nearly three-hundred aborigines are cared for at the Balgo Mission, which is run by the Pallotine Fathers.Most of the tribesmen are still nomadic, and many who were on walkabout, came back specially for the corroboree.
At the mission airstrip, the audience began to gather.Sheep trucks brought the children from the mission.The Guest of Honour was the Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Paltridge.The Minister, who was on a tour of West Australian airfields, was greeted by Father McGuire, the Mission Superintendent.It was a day of wonders for the mission people.The Balgo airstrip had never seen an aircraft as big as the Minister's Fokker Friendship before.Little groups of aborigines walked around the plane, staring at it in silent awe.
Tom - the star of the corroboree - had arrived by truck, too, and was introduced to Senator Paltridge.
With the modern lines of a prop-jet airliner as backdrop, the men of the primitive Gogodja Tribe stamped out the circle of their corroboree..
Senator Paltridge had gone to Balgo, with Senior officers of his Department, to inspect sites for a new airstrip.He also visited the spot where the Pallotine Fathers hope to build a new mission, within twelve months.This was his welcome to one of the most remote mission stations in Australia....