Stone age culture of New Guinea
Scope and Contents
Ernest Thomas Gilliard, AMNH ornithologist, presents specimens of birds of paradise he has collected on a recent expedition to the Sepik River Valley in New Guinea. The feathers from these rare birds, found almost exclusively in New Guinea, are used by the natives in their decorative costumes. Thomas Gilliard's wife Margaret demonstrates how the headdresses are made. Margaret Mead, noted ethnologist at the Museum, narrates a film excerpted from Thomas Gilliard's 1953-1954 Sepik Expedition and discusses the customs depicted in the film. Mead had studied the Iatmul people, those shown in the film, as a young anthropologist in New Guinea.
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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid: script.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired Nov. 21, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Robert Northshield, writer; Grover Cole, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; J. Jack Howerton, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Dean Nelson, lighting.
- Stone age culture of New Guinea, 1954
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