• Short Summary

    Three concrete survey markers have been removed from a mist-shrouded mountain in Papua New Guinea by members of a "cargo cult" who believe their action will lead to tribal prosperity.

  • Description


    Mountain with group of inhabitants -sof intro
    23 ft


    Village- cargo cult leader
    31 ft


    Cases of money
    45 ft


    Villages in religious service
    61 ft


    6 am: villagers climbing mountain
    68 ft


    scenes at top -religious ceremony
    76 ft


    CS villagers
    84 ft


    cargo leader speaks to the "world" natives strap markers to poles
    97 ft


    natives strap markers to poles and struggle down hill
    107 ft


    CS natives down mountain
    113 ft


    villagers enter village with markers
    130 ft


    SOF was village
    139 ft



    Initials


    FURTHER DOPE ON COMMENTARY

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Three concrete survey markers have been removed from a mist-shrouded mountain in Papua New Guinea by members of a "cargo cult" who believe their action will lead to tribal prosperity.

    The cult grew after an American survey team erected the markers in 1962. Since that time, according to cult leaders, tribes in the area have known nothing but hardship -- crops have failed and game has dropped away. They believe that the survey markers held the secret of prosperity and only their removal would pave the way for a better life.

    Headquarters of the cult is in villages around Mt Turo in a mountainous region of Papua New Guinea, rarely visited by white travellers. Cult leaders displayed nearly $30,000 (Aust) gathered from adherents. They say this is being sought by an American church group to "promote world peace."
    The cult gathered for special prayers at the foot of the mountain before claiming 4000 feet to the summit and removing the last of the three concrete markers. Removal of the first two markers filed to bring instant prosperity for the tribe, but cult leaders say that progress will be steady now that the mountain has been cleared.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEU3H3MDYR6F5UL19CZ09YO37A
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU3H3MDYR6F5UL19CZ09YO37A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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