Cruise of the Magi, The


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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

Year: 1963

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.


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SKU 000150700
Brand Film Australia

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