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In the estuaries and lagoons of Australia’s Northern Territory, freshwater and saltwater crocodile are hunted for their hides by both indigenous and non-indigenous hunters. This film, shot in 1949, shows Aboriginal people using age-old hunting techniques to land crocs for either food or skins.

The methods employed by the professional hunters, who earned as much as £3,000 during the season, are also depicted, followed by a brief look at how the hides are skinned and prepared before being transported to the leather factories of Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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