Title Details

Way to a New World

Indicates the ways in which the social and economic life of Papua New Guinea's indigenous people has changed under Australian influence.
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 20 Minutes | Producer : Maslyn Williams
Director : Richard Mason |
Aerial over highlands of New Guinea, aerials over swampland bordering Sepik and Fly Rivers. Aerial track over coastline and villages. VS Manumanu village with lines of thatched roof houses. VS family groups, children and adolescent girls dancing. Old man teaching fishing skills to boy. Witch doctor tending sick child as family watch. VS man planting crops and women tending them, net bag on woman's head. Woman preparing food, children blowing on cooking fire, woman making clay pot. Man crafting tool with stone adze. East Sepik village and Haus Tambaran (ancestral worship house). Good pan down decorated surfaces. Elders around fire arguing by torchlight. Pigs on spits, children watching, vegetables spread on palm fronds on ground for village feast.
Access No. 41354 | 5 mins 31 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Men making masks for initiation ceremony, boy trying one on. Palm tree by moonlight. Men singing and drumming, masked dancers dancing with live snakes around fire. MS man singing with wide open mouth, dancers fire walking. Hanuabada school children being marched into school. Children seated at desks in classroom, teaching writing on blackboard, teaching in English. WS pan Christian Missionary schools, children in playground. Cleric in long tunic playing cricket, men in technical training classroom. VS Papuan men being trained on metal machines, VS men being instructed, using library, typing. Papuan woman broadcasting. Papuan woman lecturing on public health to group of Chiria village women seated on ground. GS posters.
Access No. 150208 | 5 mins 15 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Nurses in hospital looking at x-rays. VS medical staff operating, midwives attending birth, newborn baby. Visiting nurse weighing village baby, VS women and babies waiting, local giving toddler medicine. Agricultural officer looking at produce under microscope. Man cutting cocoa pods. VS Tolai people at cocoa fermentation plant. VS men drying beans. WS Highland locals being trained in agriculture. VS faces, officer instructing in Pidgin. Tilt to man climbing coconut palm, men collecting coconuts, cutting flesh from husk. Truck loaded at petrol station. VS local native council members, meeting, officer giving economics lesson. Sepik River district tribes coming together to elect Council, VS Government Officers helping with election. Villagers voting. Results announced, villagers clapping. Officers drinking from coconuts. VS dancing and sing sing.
Access No. 150209 | -70 mins -54 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |