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defining the world for the natives. New systems arose, such as the natives working for the whites. Having no modern technology, the natives were extremely responsive to the environment. One aspect of culture change started when the Papuan women were given to the white men in exchange for wealth. The New Guinean women bore children of mixed race. This had a great impact on the women in particular, who had never dealt with this situation before. The women were embarrassed of the children and hid them from the white men. Australians brought more change to New Guinea. It was stated that the natives did
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not have real jobs before the white men came. When the Australians expanded the mining operations, they gave paid jobs to the natives. The white men started taking over other operations and exerting power when the came into contact with the natives. The native New Guineans thought they were the only people in the world. Being so secluded they had no chance to come into contact with other people. They also believed in spirits, as shown by the fact that they thought white men were spirits of their ancestors. I found the film highly interesting. I did not know that there were still unexplored areas in the world in the 1930s. It was interesting to see a people who were completely isolated from modern societies, and still more so to see their reactions through the contact they had with Australians. I have only lived or visited Western developed countries; by watching this film my view of the world has again changed. For example, airplanes are commonplace in my culture, but not to the natives. They viewed the planes with fear and wonder. I wonder what other ordinary items, in my daily living, would amaze the New Guineans.
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