9:30pm – Sunday, July 19 on ABC2
A journey of great physical distances and lasting bonds, this film explores the soul of creativity and inspiration in two cultures half a world apart and now bonded in art.
Two master carvers, one descended from the Salish Indian tribe on Canada’s west coast and the other from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea visit each other’s community to learn and share their thriving culture.
John Marston, from Vancouver Island, travels by dugout canoe through the shrouded jungles along the Sepik River to learn from the thriving carving culture in the Iatmul tribal village of Palembi, home of Teddy Balangu. He begins a work with 30 other carvers in the men’s spirit house there.
Teddy, in turn, travels to Canada, where he is artist-in-residence at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and carves a superb and richly detailed five-metre post that tells the story of the founding of his clan.
Killer Whale And Crocodile will be repeated on ABC1 – Sunday, July 26 at 4:00pm