Crookhat and Camphoo – Spear making (2005)

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Two old man, Alyawarra elders who are master spear makers, share their cultural knowledge on a journey through the red sand and spinifex of their country, unravelling the secrets of an ancient craft and its relationship to their heritage.

Using traditional tools and methods, Crook Hat and Camphoo talk about spear making, bush knowledge and the ‘old ways’, hoping to maintain a culture disenfranchised by a modern world.

With patience, dignity and an ever present sense of humour, these two men open the door to a dry and harsh land where magic happens.

23 minute documentary
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series 17
Directed by David Tranter
Alyawarra with English Subtitles

DVD available from Ronin Films.

Further clips and teachers notes are available from Australian Screen. If you intend to use this film in the classroom please purchase an educational copy from Ronin Films.

Crookhat and Campoo Media Release

Awards and Screenings

2005 ImagiNATION (Vancouver)
2005 Garma Festival, Gulkula NT
2005 Terres En Vue, Montreal
2006 FIPA, Biarritz, France



Donald “Crookhat” Thompson Kemarre & Reggie Camphoo Pwerl
Writer/Director – David Tranter
Cinematographer – Allan Collins
Sound Recordist –Vance Glynn
Translators – David Moore
Editor – Dena Curtis
Sound Designer – Corey Noll
Original music by Frank Yamma “Make More Spear”
Performed by Frank Yamma, CAAMA Music
Film Processing & Telecine – Film Plus Australia

Special Thanks

Epenarra Station
Andrew Clough
Citt Williams
Priscilla Collins
Noel Hayes
Peter Bartlett

Executive Producer - Jacqui North
Nganampa Anwernekenhe Series Producer - Rachel Clements
Production Manager - Patricia Morton-Thomas
Production Co-ordinator - Vance Glynn

The Nganampa Anwernekenhe documentary series is produced by CAAMA for Imparja Television