Yumi Yet: Papua New Guinea Gets Independence

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Yumi Yet: Papua New Guinea Gets Independence

  • 1978 ----- color ----- 54 min ----- 16mm/vhs
  • (A film by Dennis O'Rourke) In Melanesian Pidgin, Yumi Yet is a rallying cry meaning, "Just Us." Presents the history of Papua New Guinea and its colonization by Holland, Germany and Great Britain in the 19th century. Captures the exuberant celebration in Papua New Guinea during the nation's Independence Day celebration in 1975. Three million people, spread over hundreds of islands and speaking seven hundred different languages, were faced with the prospect of becoming a nation. Presents a portrait of the country's Independence Day, as traditional tribal customs jostle with the paraphernalia of British and Australian colonialism to create a scene of surprising juxtapositions. (vhs Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Art: Tribal, Austronesia, History: British, Sociology)