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Old 06-27-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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You've probably answered this a dozen times, but if you wouldn't mind one more time.

I've watched the movie Crocodile Dundee several times and it's fun. My question is about nature, I'm quite sure your 'roos do not shoot rifles and the movie does have some great gigs. The movie portrays bats, mountains, lakes, narrow trails, hunters, and barren land that seemed almost like desert..

It also portrays Aborigine males at what American's might call a very small tribal meeting or powwow. I saw face paint and what I thought might be a ritual dance.

Then there was the scene where berries that have an unpleasant smell attracted bats.

My question is how much of this is real outback?
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:16 AM
 
Location: The Downunderverse
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Well to my knowledge they filmed that on location so it was probably real...
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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You've probably answered this a dozen times, but if you wouldn't mind one more time.

I've watched the movie Crocodile Dundee several times and it's fun. My question is about nature, I'm quite sure your 'roos do not shoot rifles and the movie does have some great gigs. The movie portrays bats, mountains, lakes, narrow trails, hunters, and barren land that seemed almost like desert..

It also portrays Aborigine males at what American's might call a very small tribal meeting or powwow. I saw face paint and what I thought might be a ritual dance.

Then there was the scene where berries that have an unpleasant smell attracted bats.

My question is how much of this is real outback?
The majority of the film was made in the Kakadu national park (or at least the parts you are talking about) its an aborigional reserve, so im sure you will find people living a more traditional life style in it, and im pretty sure that everything you see in the movie exists within the park (not sure about the bat attracting trees however). The pub at the start is in the town of McKinlay in Queensland, the pub actually sits on the main highway heading south towards Brisbane. They picked it and moved it off the highway when making the film.

Only a small % of the outback looks like that however, from what ive seen it mostly it looks like this,



just imagine that for hundreds and hundreds of miles end on end, with a few areas areas of sand dunes, barren rocky landscapes, and salt plains thrown in, and maybe the odd Kangaroo or Camel if your lucky.

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Kakadu's not the outback.

It's the Never-never.

Two different things. The outback is a whole enormous great bunch of nothing except dingos, emus and kangaroos. You truly can't comprehend it unless you've been there.

Sadly, a lot of traditional Aboriginal lives have deteriorated into sniffing petrol around the bushfire, not dancing. The pretty Aboriginals you see in movies are far removed from the truth. The below clips have footage of your average aboriginal camp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...lOY-jehPE&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO6nF...eature=related

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ Actually I think all or most of the NT is considered the 'Outback' but I'm not positive about Kakadu.

The aboriginal dances/ceremonies are called 'Corroborrees' - aboriginal culture is very diverse with over 200 language groups and as many different cultures.

Check out the film 'Samson and Delilah' for a look into how many aboriginal people in the outback live these days.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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It is no consolation that our Native Americans don't live much better. One would think that governments and local communities could do more to better a bad situation. I am not convince that more police is the answer to poverty and boredom.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:05 AM
 
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Linicx, it's not poverty that's the problem, it's way more complicated than that. There's an argument that too much easy money robs people of their need to work. It's more a mix of the awful things white australia did to them over the last 200 years, combined with fumbled efforts to atone for it that have caused more harm than good. It's a really really complicated issue, and a lot of people are trying to figure out how to fix it. As far as I understand it the problems on native american reservations are poverty and isolation mainly?
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