Brisbane Dreaming: Shimmering in the sun

Title:
Brisbane Dreaming: Shimmering in the sun
NFSA ID:
275834
Year:
1994
Courtesy:
Meanjin Productions
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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This 1994 documentary is about the original Indigenous custodians of the Brisbane area.

The clip shows aerial shots of modern day Brisbane and the voice-over narration tells us of the legacy of natural phenomena and Indigenous culture upon which the city of Brisbane is built.

This clip introduces the Indigenous peoples of the area now known as Brisbane. Brisbane Dreaming moves between archaeological, anthropological and Indigenous cosmology to speak about the many relationships that are representative of Brisbane as we know it today. Indigenous cosmology and connection to place is explained as being on par with the life cycle of the butterfly; in the first dimension we are the egg, in the second the grub, in the present human dimension the cocoon, and then we are born into the spirit world after maturing on earth. Brisbane Dreaming continues to move back and forth between these different schools of thought in order to give the audience an informed perspective of Brisbane.

Curator:
Romaine Moreton