The Jarndu Yawuru women's center (jarndu means woman in Djugun and Yawuru) was created in the late 1980's by a group of local women from the town of Broome in Western Australia. It was coordinated for twenty-five years by the late Theresa Barker, an indigenous woman from the region (Djugun, language of Broome and Yawuru, language south of the town, by her mother, Irene Drummond, and Jabirr Jabirr by her father, Joe Torres) who initiated the Jarndu Yawuru oral history project to map and record stories from the country with 15 elders, law-women and law-men, some of whom are in this film whose main story teller is Theresa's daughter, Pat Torres.
After Theresa Barker's death, now coordinated by Pat Torres, writer, artist, linguist and bush food promoter, with the mayiharvestproducts (see recent films on https://vimeo.com/dreamingsfilms), the center changed it's name to become the Mary Minyarl centre, in hommage to Theresa's great grandmother. The center provided many cultural activities : a library of family, ethnographic and historical archives, language lessons in Yawuru, silk screening, accountancy and computer courses, child care and second hand clothes.
The Black and white archives used in the film (Doris Edgar and husband Tommy Edgar, Joe Bernard, Matthew Gilbert and others singing together) were filmed in 1987-89 by Wayne Barker Jowandi (Theresa's son), film maker and musician, working to promote Kimberley culture at KALACC).
The Broome protest camp against the Crocodile farm and the interview with Cissy Djiagween and her daughter Mary Tarran was filmed in October 1992 by Barbara Glowczewski, anthropologist from France (CNRS).
Video: co-production: Jarndu Yawuru Center, Gunada Production, Virtuel BazAar 1995