• Short Summary

    AN IMPORTANT DAY AT BELA VILLAGE IN PAPUA'S SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS - TODAY EVERYBODY WAS COMING TO THE VILLAGE FOR A "SING-SING".

  • Description

    AN IMPORTANT DAY AT BELA VILLAGE IN PAPUA'S SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS - TODAY EVERYBODY WAS COMING TO THE VILLAGE FOR A "SING-SING". THEY WERE ALL SET TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW COUNCIL HOUSE THIS MONTH.

    VISITORS CAME FROM ALL OVER THE HIGHLANDS - THE CLANS OF MENDI, KANDIP TAMBUL, LAI. THEY ARE A PRIMITIVE PEOPLE, THEIR CUSTOMS LITTLE AFFECTED BY RECENT CONTRACT WITH EUROPEANS.

    GREAT STOCKS OF FOOD HAD BEEN PREPARED - FOR 12,000 CLANSMEN HAD BEEN INVITED BY THE COUNCILLORS.

    BEFORE THE FEAST , THE VISITORS SAW THE DIRECTOR OF NATIVE AFFAIRS IN THE TERRITORY, MR McCARTHY, OPEN THE BELA COUNCIL HOUSE. THERE ARE 42 ELECTED COUNCILLORS, WHO DESPITE THEIR TRIM APPEARANCE, ARE STILL CLOSELY BOUND BY TRIBAL CUSTOMS. ONE HAD JUST BEEN RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER A "PAY-BACK" MURDER.

    AFTER THE CEREMONY - A SING SING. THEN DOWN TO THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF FEASTING. THEY ATE 300 PIGS, MORE CHICKENS, A COW AND SEVERAL GOATS.

    WELL WORTH THE TWO-DAY WALK SOME OF THEM HAD TO REACH THE VILLAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6KJVORK0FI3RZXFALHKQZSUAW
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KJVORK0FI3RZXFALHKQZSUAW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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