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This documentary presents footage of the first contact between the highland tribes of Papua New Guinea, and European explorers. In the 1930s three Australian's, Michael, Daniel and James Leahy were the first white people to venture into the vast New Guinean interior. They searched for gold and found 1 million highland tribespeople who had previously had no contact with the outside world. Amazingly, they took a film camera with them. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Fascinating
1 March 2002 | by (North Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This combination of authentic original footage and modern interview makes fascinating watching. There are so many surprising aspects to this story. How is it that these people remained undiscovered for so long. Were there no aircraft flights over the area? Was there no trade at all? After seeing this also view Black Harvest for more of this absorbing story.


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