In the middle of nowhere, preparations for a ritual as old as time....His name is?
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
Rear view line of natives dancing
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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....