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Merrepen

Kanopy (Firm)
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
The Merrepen palm tree is one of many plants that provide a life source for the people of the Daly River region in the top end of the Northern Territory. A group of women from the Nauiya community on the Daly River take us into their country to gather the precious Merrepen leaves and berries. With great humour and vitality, they show us how Merrepen leaves are stripped and made into fibre, and how these fibres are dyed into bright colours using the berries, bark, flowers and roots of the Merrepen, the Pandanus and other plants. The dyed fibres are then intricately hand-woven into versatile dilly bags, baskets and mats. Many of the women work together doing their elaborate dying and weaving at the Merrepen Arts Centre in the Nauiya community, and discuss the influence of the missions on their handcrafts. This beautifully photographed documentary includes striking landscapes of the Daly River area, and is narrated by Marrfurra, a young woman from the Nauiya community. Marrfurra looks into the future of Indigenous arts and culture in the area: “There are not enough elders left. Thats why we are painting our stories and making things. Thats why I work with the old people. They teach me and my sisters, aunties and cousins about our culture and traditions.”
Release Date
2005
Language
English
Series
CAAMA Collection
CAAMA Collection
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2005.
Publisher no.
1042430 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, 22 min. 32 sec.) : digital, stereo., sound, color.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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