This series uses the technique of re-enactment to depict the ways of life of Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia, prior to the arrival of Europeans, including the methods used to make implements, the uses to which these were put, how they traded and how food was gathered and prepared.
The main characters in the series are a man, his wife and their two children and the series was produced in the hope that it would give future generations of Australians a better understanding of Aboriginal peoples, especially their achievements.
Authentic Aboriginal music forms a background to the series and special efforts were made during the shoot to ensure that no exotic flora was shown.
In each episode the opening sequence is followed by Bill Onus providing specific commentary that serves to frame the action. At the end of each episode, Onus reflects on what has been shown and anticipates the next episode.
The series was used extensively in 2001 in a series for upper primary school children, called Our History.
Episode 1: Making stone axe
Episode 2: Trading
Episode 3: Bark canoe
Episode 4: Boomerang
Episode 5: Hunting an emu
Episode 6: Women gathering food
Episode 7: Hunting a kangaroo
Episode 8: Fishing
Episode 9: Mutton birds
Episode 10: Walkabout
Episode 11: Shellfish
Episode 12: Turtle fishing
- Bill Onus - presenter
John Morgan - narrator
Alcheringa is a prize-winning ABC television program which was initially broadcast weekly.
Frank Few is an American-born director who also made some of the first wildlife or nature documentaries in Australia, while host Bill Onus is a Yorta Yorta man. The
cast members were all Aboriginal.
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