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A group of city dwellers from diverse backgrounds and four different countries spends ten days with the Pitjantjatjara people in the middle of the Central Australian desert. They share in the nomadic Pitjantjatjara lifestyle, evolved over 40,000 years, where the essence of community and the spirit of the land bond together. These 'students of life' learn how to live with the elements, how to hunt and gather food, how to cook and how to find water. They are also granted the rare privilege of being taken to sacred sites and having their significance and importance explained by the traditional owners. Desert Tracks documents this important and fascinating experiment in breaking down cultural and racial barriers.
(1991, 52 mins) A Film Australia National Interest Program. Produced with the assistance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
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