1963, 19 Minutes
The Magi people of Southeast Papua have always been seagoing traders, once in canoes, now in their own motor vessel called The Magi, which is run by a cooperative. The film is told from the point of view of cooperative officer Graham Corfield, who advises the Magi and is helping them transform from a barter society into a modern commercial economy.
As we leisurely cruise along the coast we visit the villagers who continue to live a customary way of life, gardening and weaving grass skirts, mats, fishing nets and the traditional 'crab claw' sails from natural fibres.
A Department of the Interior Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Producer: Maslyn Williams
Director: Shan Benson
Featured People: Grahame Corfield, Captain Waru, Ron Price, Len Shonhon, Ivan Champion
Running Time: 19 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Pacific Studies; Sociology: Colonisation, Decolonisation and Development; Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies, SOSE.