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Title Tjanpi Nyawa! = look at the grass : central desert weavers.

Published South Melbourne, Vic. : Contemporary Arts Media, [2011]
©2011

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank DVD  DVD 5463  3 HR LOAN  LIB USE ONLY
Physical description 1 videodisc (26 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4in.
Notes DVD.
Credits Director, co-producer, key researcher, stills: Dr. Christiane Keller ; Co-producer, camera, sound, post production advisory: Skye Raabe.
Summary In 2010 Dr Christiane Keller, Senior Curator for Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, involved the Tjanpi Desert Weavers from Warakurna in a research project investigating the sensory and material aspects of Aboriginal fibre work. The aim was to capture and communicate multi-sensory experiences of fibre-making processes. In April 2011 Dr Keller together with filmmaker Skye Raabe visited the ladies in Warakurna, and Tjanpi arts coordinator Jo Foster with the idea to make a film about the sensory experiences. The ladies demonstrate and discuss how they make their art and what are important aspects in the making process. Essentially it is hard work and grass is prickly and hard on their hands as are the needles. Colour plays an important role and is employed expertly to achieve vibrant and contrasting effects. Sculpture making in particular is a communal affair and inspiration for topics is often taken from current issues in the community or ancestral stories related to the sites visited. During the research the ladies depicted the story of the goanna man and his two wives in a set of three almost life-size grass figures. Several women worked together on one sculpture and the story was reiterated several times during the making process. Fibre workshops are always occasions for sharing skills and knowledge between generations as well as versed and less skilled artists. But they are also occasions for other cultural expressions. Some years ago the Tjanpi ladies from Amata developed an inma, a traditional song and dance about tjanpi fibre making. During the filming in Warakurna the ladies developed their own song and dance, an event of great significance and a legacy that will carry on for a long time.
System notes DVD.
Language notes In Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, and English with English subtitles.
Other author Keller, Christiane, 1946-
Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
Subject Grass weaving -- Australia -- Western Australia -- Warakurna.
Variant Title Look at the grass : central desert weavers.