"Contact" a must see - Channel 2 at 9.25 tonight.

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This is about the first contact made with Europeans by a group of desert nomads in the 60s.

I read a book about it called "The last of the Nomads" or "The Lizard Eaters" - not sure which - and it was fascinating.

Goverment officers went out into the desert to see if anyone still lived there, as atomic testing was about to start.

These people had seen grader tracks in the desert and thought they had been made by some monster. One lady on first sight of the 4WD thought it was a rock moving - and then people got out of it.

After reading the book, I approached the ABC about footage taken by an American journalist (Frank Frew -spelt ?)during the trip and was told it was in the govt archives in Canberra. They have obviously found it and done something with it.

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Reply By: Yadaki - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:47

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:47
Good, thanks for the heads up.
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:54

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:54
I'm looking forward to watching it... if I don't fall asleep that is.
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 15:48

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 15:48
Thanks to the magic of foxtel IQ all set to tape - ready to watch at my leisure. Sounds very interesting which generally means my kids would say its got to be boring ....
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 17:03

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 17:03
And thanks to the magic of free to air anyone can watch it at any time here without spending $120 a month :-)

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/523640



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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 17:05

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 17:05
proper link

ABC "Iview" lint for Contact.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:05

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:05
Another thanks for the headsup. Always wanted to see this.
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Follow Up By: jschacher1 - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:08

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:08
Thanks for that
love to see stuff about the bush....
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Reply By: jschacher1 - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:09

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:09
Thanks for that.
Love to see stuff about the bush....
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Reply By: spike46 - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:54

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 17:54
Douglas Lockwood. THE LIZARD EATERS. Cassell Publishing 1964

It seems incredible that in the Jet-and-Electronics Age there should still be living in Australia people who have had no contact whatever with our civilisation...people who had never seen white faces . . had never seen their own image in a mirror or been close to a motor vehicle of any kind. For many years there had been rumours of such a lost tribe of aborigines in the vast deserts of Central Australia, but generally they were treated as fantasy.

The fact of their existence was confirmed in recent years by officers from the Welfare Branch of Northern Territory Administration who began patrolling the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts in 1957. They found Pintubi tribesmen who had never been in touch with our way of life. In 1963 the Melbourne Herald's Darwin correspondent, Douglas Lockwood, was invited to join a patrol into the Gibson Desert to a point about 600 miles west of Alice Springs, and 200 miles across the W.A. border. Here he tells the fascinating story of that journey and the discovery of yet more Pintubi people . . . perhaps the most primitive tribesmen remaining on Earth.

He describes the thrill he felt on meeting aborigines who had never before set eyes on a white face...and the profound respect he developed for human beings who had lived in unbelievably harsh conditions for thousands of years. The cover photograph of a Pintubi child eating a lizard was taken by Lockwood, as were most of the black and white pictures in this book
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Reply By: Jedo_03 - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:16

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:16
The ABC prog tonight is about the Aboriginal Tribe who lived in the Woomera Area - people might recall that they have only just recently been 'given back' their lands very recently...
The Lizard Eaters was about the Aboriginal Tribe that Lockwood "investigated" in the Simpson after Gov't workers reported sightings. The Last of the Nomads was about and Aboriginal couple and their children. The man and woman were from different tribes and forbidden to marry - so they ran away into the desert and lived solitary for many years.
I'm looking forward to that Doco tonight on ABC.
Jedo
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:34

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:34
Obviously this wasnt the case about this doco.

I was bloody fantastic.
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 16:47

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 16:47
"It" was bloody fantastic.

I was bloody far from fantastic.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:21

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:21
Thanks Heaps. Have my panasonic set so can watch it over the weekend. Bob

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Reply By: Wilko - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:16

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:16
It was great to see both sides thru different eyes of the original contact. A well made documentry.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:37

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:37
Saw the end of it Willie. I set the recorder the other day when I gave an earlier "heads up". Will see it when we get home.

When are you heading South again to Victoria?
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 07:43

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 07:43
I had tennis comp last night so I taped it and will watch it today.

Good to see some of you watched it and enjoyed it. Pretty amazing story.

Cheers,

Willie.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:59

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 08:59
Hi All,
The question on my mind and was not mentioned was - "What happened to the men" A group of 20 women and children is a large group of people for that type of country and some of the women had young babies.

It is a pity that there was no mention of the fate of their partners.

It was a great put together documentary.


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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 10:57

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 10:57
a couple of questions on my mind .....

Yes ... where were the men ? ... thought they might have been at the mission but they seem to have just vanished ?

A nomadic group with no knowledge of whitefellas ... yet they had a preconception of cannabilism ... where did they get that from ????

and hunting .... in reference to the raging fires in the background that Ive been told to attribute to "land mangement".

All up ... I thought it was a pretty well balanced doco .... The film footage does both cultures a favour in showing things how they were.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:58

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 09:58
A good yarn along the same vein is Judy Nunn's "Maralinga" , even though a novel it gives an insite to the atomic testing at Maralinga.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 10:32

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 10:32
For those that missed it, you can see it here on line.

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/series/2834603

Willie.
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Follow Up By: gopher - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 20:58

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 20:58
Just finished watching it with iview on computer great program, I also wondered what happened to the men ????
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