Interview about initiation with Aboriginal elder Bob Randall

posted by Eivind on November 1, 2010, at 9:56 pm

Back in September, I had the privilege to sit down and interview Aboriginal Elder Bob Randall about initiation rites in Aboriginal culture. In this half hour, I was granted a privileged insight into what is essentially a secret tradition of transitioning boys into manhood. Some of what I learned surprised me. Some of what I learned confirmed what I have learned by people such as Robert Bly. Everything was interesting and powerful.

This is the first interview I’ve ever done for Masculinity Movies. I was a tad nervous when I did it and not fully embodied after a hard day at work. That had me avoid finishing it for a while. But when I reviewed it, I realized that there is a lot of good stuff in here. So you will just have to enjoy my boyish charms instead of my fully embodied masculine presence and enjoy Bob Randall’s gift.


Initiation in Aboriginal culture: An interview with Bob Randall from Eivind Figenschau Skjellum on Vimeo.