Karli Jalangu: Boomerang Today - number seven boomerang

Karli Jalangu: Boomerang Today - number seven boomerang
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Four senior tribesmen introduce themselves and talk about going to look for a tree suitable for a number seven boomerang. Two of the Elders begin to chop down a tree they have chosen for making a number seven boomerang. They will use the boomerang to hit a kangaroo if they have no rifle.

Summary by Romaine Moreton

The making of a number seven boomerang, like many Indigenous artefacts, is a time-consuming process, often shared amongst the many people involved. We are on location in the area in which the senior tribesmen will select the right material from which to carve a number seven boomerang.

Karli Jalangu: Boomerang Today Synopsis

An observational-style documentary about the making of a number seven boomerang by four senior traditional men from Central Australia.

Karli Jalangu – Boomerang Today is part of the Nganampa Anwernekenhe series produced by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) Productions. Nganampa Anwernekenhe means 'ours’ in the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte lanuages, and the series aims to contribute to the preservation of Indigenous languages and cultures.

Curator's Notes

Karli Jalangu – Boomerang Today is an important documentary that is intended to pass on the traditional skill of making a number seven boomerang. The selection of the perfect tree, the harvesting and the carving of it to roughly shape the tree root into the number seven boomerang, is filmed at an observational pace. Choosing to film the senior men who carefully and slowly make their decisions during the process of producing the number seven boomerang allows the audience to get a feel for the energy, skill and collaboration on the creation of the weapon. It is a time-consuming process, and by the documentary’s end, we have no doubt of this.

Notes by Romaine Moreton

Production company:
CAAMA Productions
Rachel Clements
Executive producer:
Citt Williams
Allan Collins and David Tranter
David Tranter
Teddy Egan, Jangala Alby, Morris Jampijinpa, Johnny Possum Japaljarri and Franky Japanangka