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Say Brother; Aborigines; Australian aborigines visit Franklin Park

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This clip is footage of Australian aborigines applying body paints of clay and charcoal and performing tribal dances in Boston's Franklin Park. Includes African American children interacting with the aborigines as they try to learn how to use the didgeridoo. Overall the program focuses of the culture of Australian aborigines. Host David Crippens introduces Dighton Spooner's interview with Gulpilil (and other aborigines visiting Boston) on music, ceremonies, instruments, costuming, and the requirements for the cultural survival of Australia's aboriginal people. Interviews touch upon offers from European companies to purchase tribal lands, Australia's attempts to restore native culture, Australian rules governing "mixed blood," the impact of African American leaders on Australia, the creative forces behind aboriginal cultures, and the effects of European repression on native cultural tradition. Additional program segments include footage of aborigines applying body paints of clay and charcoal and performing tribal dances in Boston's Franklin Park, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Bookbeat," "Commentary" by professor and historian A.B. Spellman on the differences between Third World and western cultures, and segment interludes with Sheryl Bibbs and Louis Wilson (of the musical group Mandrill). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.

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Australian aborigines visit Franklin Park

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

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Indigenous peoples
Bond, Julian
Aboriginal Australians--Ethnic identity
Bibbs, Cheryl
Mandrill, Louis
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Lewis, Webster (Music Coordinator)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Burnett, Hayes (Music Coordinator)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Editor)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Sound)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
McGuire - Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer Segment)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Crippens, David (Host)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Aborigines; Australian aborigines visit Franklin Park,” 10/22/1975, GBH Archives, accessed February 23, 2024,
MLA: “Say Brother; Aborigines; Australian aborigines visit Franklin Park.” 10/22/1975. GBH Archives. Web. February 23, 2024. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Aborigines; Australian aborigines visit Franklin Park. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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