• Short Summary

    In the middle of nowhere, preparations for a ritual as old as time....His name is?

  • Description

    Natives sitting under a tree making up LS

    Closer shot one man being decorated with the pattern of white ochre on chest

    Closer and tilt up repeating ditto

    Woman mixing paints a little way off

    CU one woman

    CU knees and feet tilt up to man being painted

    One man by himself decorating his own arm

    Another angle ditto

    Rear view man's shoulders being decorated by another

    ECU pattern on his back

    Men beating sticks practising music

    Rear view two men decorating man's back

    Front shot man being decorated

    CU solitary man still decorating self

    Man standing rear view his back decorated

    Women and old men sitting in front of primitive tent, watch

    Men decorated walk away from group under treo

    Two abo.stockmen sit on drums at airport looking to pic right

    Truckload of abos. (kids mainly) arrives plane in at 57

    Paltridge out of plane waving hand etc and towards camera

    Shakes hands with Father McGuire, Mission Supt. near truck

    children and women climb down off truck

    Abo stockmen walk towards aeroplane

    Children & girls walk towards plane

    All walk under plane wing to inspect it

    Decorated youth walks up & shakes hands with Paltridge at 80

    Over P's shoulder talking to youth

    Three children in front of plane

    Men start dancing in half circle near plane

    Closer shot ditto Paltridge b/g with others

    Rear view Longer S plane b/g

    Stockmen (old men) beat sticks

    CU one man beating sticks

    MLS feet tilt up to bodies as they dance

    Paltridge and McGuire look on

    CU McGuire

    CU Paltridge

    Rear view line of natives dancing


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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....

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