"First Contact" Essay by RightRiters

"First Contact"
A study of the film "First Contact," which is a documentary of the people of Papua New Guinea.
# 22903 | 1,125 words | 3 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 30, 2003 in Anthropology (Oceanic) , Ethnic Studies (Middle East) , Film (Documentary)


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Description:

This paper examines the documentary film "First Contact," which covers the initial reaction of the people of Papua New Guinea to white people. The paper describes how they perceived the white men and the way the white men perceived the tribe. The paper's author writes that the film illustrates a real example of how a culture changes by being introduced to the Western culture and Western values.

From the Paper:

"The film First Contact is a real example of what happens when two cultures collide. It is the true story of over a million people in Papua New Guinea who had no idea other people existed outside their world. This changed when three white men in search of gold, walked into their world. This documentary covers the initial reaction of the people and how they perceived the white men, describes the way the white men perceived the tribe and shows how the tribe changed. This documentary offers a real look at the situation from the perspective of the non-Western culture. In the article "Cosmologies of Capitalism" Sahlins argues that the impact of Western cultures on non-Western cultures needs to be understood from the perspective of the non-Western culture. The documentary provides this focus, showing how the people of New Guinea perceived the white men."

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