Films

Buckskin

Dylan McDonald
2013 | 57 minutes | Australia, Kaurna
US Premiere | Director in Attendance

Two hundred years ago, the Kaurna people occupied much of South Australia, including modern-day Adelaide. They practiced fire-stick farming, believed in communal material ownership, and spoke their own Kaurna language. The 1836 arrival of British colonists set in motion a rapid and thorough displacement and the last surviving full-blood Kaurna, a woman named Ivaritji, died in 1931. Now, a cultural and linguistic revival is underway, thanks to Vincent “Jack” Buckskin, the 2011 Young South Australian of the Year, whose efforts are captured by indigenous filmmaker Dylan McDonald. Buckskin has spent his twenties traveling the country to teach seminars in the Kaurna language, thereby offering hundreds of young people access to their roots and reopening questions of aboriginal identity in urban Australia. 

Preceded by the Mead Mixer, a daily happy hour in Cafe on One from 6-7:30 pm

Co-presented by Endangered Language Alliance and the Australian Consulate-General

Plays with Remembering Yayayi