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Can five of 16mm film by Oskar Speck

Date: 1930s
Medium: Film
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Classification:Audio visual material
Object Name: Film
Object No: ANMS0547[005]
Related Place:Papua New Guinea,

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    Shows aspects of traditional life in Papua New Guinea such as children playing in the river, dancing and hollowing out canoes. Also shows parts of the beaches in the area.

    00:01 Men and boys in white shirts and sarongs walking down to beach, where a large boat is partially sunk in the water.
    00:15 Child standing on the bow of a small boat, steering it with a long pole.
    00:32 Beach with trees (and sections of over exposure).
    00:44 Beach/river with mountains in the background. Camera pans to the left, showing several boats and canoes pulled onto the beach.
    01:04 Mangroves.
    01:28 Man and young boy, working on making a canoe by hollowing out a large tree.
    01:40 Children swimming and canoeing down a river. There is a hut on stilts, on the right.
    02:12 Young girl, holding a baby.
    02:21 Children swimming in the river, with huts on stilts in the background.
    03:00 Man opening coconut(?) with large knife.
    03:40 Man and child processing and sorting the cut coconut(?).
    04:10 Fishing canoes and village of huts on stilts over the river.
    04:23 Views from village deck, on the stilts.
    05:00 Camera pans across a group of adults fishing in the river with traditional, small canoes.
    05:24 Dancing group with grass skirts and javelins. Men are on the left, woman are on the right.
    05:40 Close up of female dancers.
    06:13 Women dancing in a circle. Four men are walking around the circle, holding spears. Several shots, from different angles showing the dance.
    07:33 Woman sitting on sand, looking at the camera. She wears the several shell necklaces.
    07:53 Women lined up by a fence, with a shrub in the middle of the group. There are several children with them.
    08:23 The women are walking away from the camera, down a dirt/sandy road. There are large huts on the left of the shot.
    08:44 End of film.

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    Photographer: Oskar Speck

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