Kamarrang of the Bordoh clan introduces himself and the Nabarlek band to us. They come from Manmoyi, 200 kms from Oenpelli in Arnhem Land. Kamarrang tells us how the band has been established to teach the children the traditional songs, just as the older people taught his generation. A song plays over footage of the country and children playing. Kamarrang tells us that one day it will be the children’s turn to take over from the present generation.
Summary by Romaine Moreton.
An important issue is communicated gently, as Kamarrang tells us how the band was formed to help pass on knowledge and responsibility to the next generation.
An observational documentary about the Bordoh clan of Manmoyi, 200 km from Oenpelli, in Arnhem Land.
Nabarlek 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.
A simple observation-style documentary from Beck Cole, featuring the Bardoh clan of Manmoyi. The documentary has a gentle lapping rhythm, almost like water, as we follow the Bordoh clan on a fishing expedition. The family climbing into a trailer pulled by a tractor, move en masse to the river to swim and hunt food. Woven through this documentary is the intention of the present generation to pass on cultural information to the next generation. The gentle care with which the family relates to each other and how they relate to place is imbued with a connectedness and simplicity keeping the priority of the preservation of culture and tradition in the foreground.
Notes by Romaine Moreton