Screening anthropology and theology in Ten Canoes

Katherine Rainger

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This edition of 'St Mark's Review' explores intersections between the disciplines of theology and anthropology. In this article I am proposing that the award-winning Australian film 'Ten Canoes' (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, 2006) provides a space where a rich interaction between theology and anthropology can take place. Part one provides an overview of 'Ten Canoes'. Part two examines the dynamic use of Donald Thomson's anthropological record in 'Ten Canoes' along with perceptions of "Thomson time" off-screen and on-screen. Part three explores resonances between 'Ten Canoes' and Willie James Jennings' theology of creation. I conclude by arguing in part four that anthropology and theology have separate contributions to make in terms of the production history and interpretation of 'Ten Canoes'; however, the film also provides a shared space of interaction for the two disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalSt Mark's Review: a journal of Christian thought and opinion
Issue number244
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


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