National Geographic : 1962 Apr
NEXT MONTH Report on New Guinea's changing ways Observe two busy master craftsmen at work in the Trobriand Islands, off New Guinea: The canoe maker swings his stone mallet; Assistant Editor John Scofield of the GEO GRAPHIC loads his Leica. The May issue will feature his brilliantly illustrated report on today's New Guinea, where Stone Age peoples have been caught in a power strug gle between Dutch and Indonesians. Traveling New Guinea's 1,500-mile length, Mr. Scofield talked with friendly head-hunters and visited the forbidding coast where Michael Rockefeller disappeared last fall. For weeks he roamed both Dutch and Australian-administered territories. "One remote group," he reports, "built docks on a mountain, believing that ships would come on a giant wave to bring them radios and refrigerators. On the other hand, a man once dressed in feathers and pig grease now helps to make modern laws in an elected legislature." Comments Dr. E. Thomas Gilliard, lead er of several New Guinea expeditions: "Mr. Scofield draws the curtain from a dark win dow, at a time when this is most needed." Such timely reporting-with vivid color photographs - will keep your friends up-to date on world geography. Nominate them for membership on the form below.