One Tree, One Man


One Tree, One Man is a short film which tells the story of the only remaining Tamarind tree left standing in the centre of Pirlangimpi, on the Tiwi islands.

There is only one man left to tell its story. 90 year old Justin, elder and Master of Ceremony, is the last living link this community has to its centuries long history of trading goods, culture and even love with the seafaring Macassans.


Justin Wonaeamirri Puruntatameri
Braydon Puruntatameri
Release dates
2008 - Australia
Video/DVD release date
TEABBA (Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association), available on the 'Yarning up' DVD.
Christopher O'Young

One Tree, One Man was filmed on Tiwi Islands from 22-25 April 2008.

Jedda Puruntatameri is from Pirlangimpi on the Tiwi Islands. She has a long working history as a radio broadcaster and manager of the local BRACS (Broadcasting from Remote Aboriginal Community Scheme) Unit at Pirlangimpi.

Jedda recently worked as a Production Assistant on the feature documentary A League of Their Own, which was also shot on the Tiwi Islands.

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2018, One Tree, One Man, <>, retrieved 22 October 2019

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