• Short Summary

    AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES SPORTS... AN ANNUAL EVENT, AUGUST 10, IN THE TOURIST CALENDAR, ALONG THE BARRON?

  • Description

    AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES SPORTS... AN ANNUAL EVENT, AUGUST 10, IN THE TOURIST CALENDAR, ALONG THE BARRON RIVER IN NORTHERN QUEENSLAND.

    "PLENTIFUL WATER" - MONA MONA - IS THE NAME OF THEIR TOWNSHIP.

    TOURISTS SEE SOME OF THEIR SKILLS, SPECIALLY REVIVED FOR MONA MONA'S OPEN DAY. THE SPEARS ARE THROWN UP TO 40 YARDS. WHEN THEY MAKE USE OF AN ABORIGINAL WOOMERA, ACTING AS A LEVER FOR THE SPEAR, THEY ACHIEVE DISTANCES OF ABOUT 80 YARDS.

    A FORMER WEAPON OF WAR IS THE JABAROO - A SHAPED PIECE OF HARDWOOD. IT TENDS TO TURN OVER IN THE AIR, AND, TO OBVIATE THIS, IT IS THROWN THROUGH LIGHT BRANCHES HELD BY AN ASSISTANT, TO MAKE A STRAIGHT FLIGHT.

    ANOTHER ATTRACTION: A FIRE LIGHTING CONTEST - FRICTION BETWEEN TWO PIECES OF WOOD SETS COCONUT FIBRE SMOULDERING, AND THEN WITH FANNING, BECOMES FLAME.

    LAST YEAR, THE CONTEST WAS A FAILURE - THE STICKS WERE DAMP. CONTESTANTS HAD NO BETTER LUCK THIS TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABDKE0C8AWV5540KX3A4JYU7QU
    Media URN:
    VLVABDKE0C8AWV5540KX3A4JYU7QU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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