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Our Aboriginal Brothers
Program 407
Original Airdate: 11/21/1974

Subject Keywords
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Australian aborigines - Ethnic identity
Indigenous peoples
Mime

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Gulpilil
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Lewis, Elma
Sellers, Cleve

Corporate Names
Council of Elders, Inc. - Boston - Massachusetts
Educational Talent Search Program - Boston - Massachusetts

Program Description
Program focuses on the culture of Australian aborigines. Host/interviewer Dighton Spooner speaks with Gulpilil and other Australians about music, ceremonies, instruments, costuming, and the requirements for the survival of Australia's aboriginal culture. Interviews touch upon offers from European companies to purchase tribal lands, Australia's attempts to restore its native culture, rules governing "mixed blood" in Australian government, the impact of African American leaders on Australia, the creative force behind aboriginal cultures, and European repression of native cultural tradition. Additional program segments include two mime performances by Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson), "Blast From the Past" (with an interview with Cleve Sellers, member of the Cornell University development staff), "Information" on college preparatory services, "Access" (on the services of the Council of Elders, Inc.), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero. Original air date estimated.

Producer
Marita Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Director
Conrad White

Editor
Ina Smith

Cinematographer
Henry Johnson
Bob Nesson

Writer
Dighton Spooner

Host
Dighton Spooner

Guests
Gulpilil

Performers
Dance Theatre of Boston, The (dancers)
Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid) (mime)

Others
Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Stephen Farrier (community coordinator)
Steve Izzi (audio mixer)
Sallie McGuire (production assistant)
Huntley Nicholas Jr. (film sound)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-01310
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-00475
Preservation master D3 cassette AD3-00540A
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -1 (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette -2 (item number not yet assigned)



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