Monday, 17 March 2014

Orchid newsreel

This flickering newsreel is rather sinister.


It takes place on the rock far in the Cyclops Mountains in the inlands of New Guinea, the so-called New Guineas.

Trees are taken down to obtain the rare orchids. The local Papuan people climb the lianas to the top to pick them. The flowers are then sold in Holland.

It is labelled 1 January, 1955, although it doesn't take much imagination to picture the scene from decades before.


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nieuws_uit_Nieuw-Guinea,_orchidee%C3%ABn_Weeknummer_55-49_-_Open_Beelden_-_17447.ogv


By Pamela Kelt

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