• Short Summary

    THE ARRESTS OF SEVERAL HIPPIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SHARON TATE HAS SPARKED INTEREST INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF HIPPIE COMMUNES SCATTERED THROUGH SOUTH WESTERN UNITED STATES.

  • Description

    THE ARRESTS OF SEVERAL HIPPIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SHARON TATE HAS SPARKED INTEREST INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF HIPPIE COMMUNES SCATTERED THROUGH SOUTH WESTERN UNITED STATES. RECENTLY, A TELEVISION CAMERA TEAM WAS ADMITTED TO TWO COMMUNES IN NEW MEXICO.

    IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, NINE SEPARATE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN FOUNDED IN THE NEW MEXICO MOUNTAINS.

    THE OLDEST LIES IN A DESOLATE AREA ABOUT TWO MILES FROM THE NEAREST HIGHWAY. THE 40 MEMBERS HAVE ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES ON 13 ACRES OF GROUND WHERE THEY GROW CORN, WHEAT, BEANS AND ROOT VEGETABLES FOR THEIR OWN USE. THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE HARVEST HAS BROUGHT THEM IN ENOUGH CORN TO SEE THEM THROUGH THE BITTER WINTER.

    TWO YEARS AGO, FEW OF THE HIPPIES KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT CROPS OR CARE OF FARM ANIMALS. THEY HAVE LEARNED BY TRIAL AND ERROR AND WITH ADVICE FROM LOCAL FARMERS. IN THE SUMMER, THEY SHELTER IN INDIAN-STYLE TEPEES, MOVING INTO HOMES OF MUD AND STRAW WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE COLDER WEATHER.

    THE COMMUNE IS BOTH PERMISSIVE AND PURITANICAL......THE MEMBERS WORK HARD AND LIVE SIMPLY, BUT DRUG TAKING IS TOLERATED AND GENERALLY THEY SLEEP AROUND. SIX CHILDREN HAVE BEEN BORN THERE.

    FIFTEEN MILES AWAY THERE IS ANOTHER COMMUNE CALLED "THE FAMILY." HERE DRUGS ARE FORBIDDEN AND STUDY IS ENCOURAGED. THE 35 MEMBERS, MOST OF THEM IN THE EARLY 20'S, LIVE OFF WHAT MONEY THEY CAN EARN WRITING FOR THE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER, OR WORKING FOR THE CENTRAL OFFICE WHICH REPRESENTS ALL NINE LOCAL COMMUNES.

    PAIRING OFF IS FROWNED UPON. THE RELATIONSHIPS GENERALLY ARE CASUAL, AND OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS HAVE PRODUCED THREE BABIES. FOUR OTHER MEMBERS ARE PREGNANT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9V28HPLJ506U4O9VHY29RGNGF
    Media URN:
    VLVA9V28HPLJ506U4O9VHY29RGNGF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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