Native festival

Accession Number F01858
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 48 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Driver, Roy
Place made New Guinea1: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Buna Area, Dobodura
Date made 2 January 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


For three years the natives were unable to hold their New Year festival under the Japanese occupation. Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) organised a festival attended by approximately two thousand five hundred natives. Shows some of the events; spear throwing, fire making, coconut shy, wood chopping, boxing and native dancing.

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