Abdul Shaheed Drew

Journey Through History: Makassar to Arnhem Land (Documentary film)


By AbdulShaheed Drew

The Muslims from Makassar (South Sulawesi) had been visiting Australia’s north since the 1600s. The harmonious contact between the Makassans and the Aboriginals brought about mutual benefits as well as ongoing friendships.

This documentary will take you to Sulawesi Island itself where it all began. You will get to know the people, the culture, and the history. 

The history between the Aboriginals of Arnhem Land and the Makassan visitors runs deep. Over the centuries, the Aboriginals worked with the Makassans, traded with them, sailed with them and built strong bonds of kinship. This documentary touches on this rarely discussed, yet profound chapter in Australia’s history.

So grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and enjoy the journey…

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