The family travel to Kundjabe to fish. The women bait the hooks with worms, while they talk about the different types of food available to them. There is a great familiarity with how the family relate to this place.
Summary by Romaine Moreton.
A simple documentary that allows the Bordoh clan to represent themselves as simply as possible. There is as little intrusion as possible by the filmmakers on the activities of the family as they go about their everyday business.
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
This clip shows members of the Bordoh clan of Manmoyi in Arnhem Land, on a fishing trip. It opens with the group travelling in a trailer pulled by a tractor, to Kundjabe to fish. There, two women fish at a waterhole while the older woman talks of previous fishing expeditions and the fish and bush foods available at Kundjabe. A series of shots follows an older man with a young male companion as they walk through the bush. The older man points out wood suitable for spears and for bark painting and explains how the shovel-nosed spear was made. The clip features subtitles.
Education notes provided by The Learning Federation and Education Services Australia
This clip starts approximately 17 minutes into the documentary.
The Bordoch clan are travelling through the Outback in an open-topped vehicle.
Man, speaking in Indigenous language We look for wild honey and goannas or whatever. We catch fish from here using fishing lines or we spear fish with pronged fishing spears.
A woman threads a worm on to a fishing hook.
Woman, speaking in Indigenous language This place is called Kundjabe, we come here in the daytime. If we want to go night fishing, we got to Mibindarang. There are black bream, barramundi and saratoga here. Sometimes we come here to get short neck turtle, cheeky yams, long yams and bush radish which we used to eat before. We also look for wild honey. The children collect wild sugar grass. We go to many places for fishing and wherever we go, the children are always breaking wild sugar grass and eating it. Here the fish bite and I have to hang on. They eat meat as bait. I hope I catch a short-neck turtle with big, fat legs, like before. We got a long-neck turtle, too. Yeah! Long-neck turtles and short-neck turtles eat meat for bait. Like the time your sister Sarah caught one. She is over there. A little baby fish is biting.
The men are walking through the brush.
Man, speaking in an Indigenous language This wood is used to make a fishing spear. These other trees here are used to make bark paintings. This one here, for the bark, these young saplings here are used for spears. Those there are used to make shovel-nose spears. Our ancestors used to put stone points in them for hunting buffalo and kangaroos with shovel-nose spears. They showed me how to use this eucalypt tree to make them.