This terrific tour of Papua, New Guinea and Kalabahai, Indonesia, disrespectfully subtitled "Weird Haunts of Strange People" dates to 1933. It includes footage shot in Port Moresby. It was made by James A. Fitzpatrick whose "Travel Talks" series was a mainstay of the newsreel era. This particular print was intended for home use by a family who owned a movie projector.
The film spends quite a bit of time in the narration discussing the fact that the Papuan People are "cannibals" and stating that the Papuan women far outnumber the men as a result. These and other objectionable statements are likely false but -- you be the judge.
Kalabahi is a town on Alor Island and it is the capital of Alor Regency in East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Papua is the largest and easternmost province of Indonesia. It lies in West Papua region, which comprises the Indonesian, western, half of the island of New Guinea and nearby islands. Papua is bordered by the nation of Papua New Guinea to the east, and by West Papua province to the west. Its capital is Jayapura. It was formerly called Irian Jaya (before that West Irian or Irian Barat) and comprised all of Indonesian New Guinea. in 2002 the current name was adopted and in 2003 West Papua province was created within West Papua region from western parts of Papua province.
Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the southeastern coast of the Papuan Peninsula of the island of New Guinea. The city emerged as a trade centre in second half of the 19th century. During World War II it was a prime objective for conquest by the Imperial Japanese forces during 1942–43 as a staging point and air base to cut off Australia from Southeast Asia and the Americas.
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