Very seldom is any serious consideration given to New Guinea by writers outside the Australian Ministry of Territories. The severe problems that have been arising from the clash of modern civilization and a primeval culture remain largely overlooked by the rest of the world. This report of a documentary film maker's travels on the island is not primarily a political one. The author's concern for the people makes him dwell on the measures being taken to introduce them to the modern world, measures which include self-government. He has been a close observer of native life and lore, and his commentary is acute and sympathetic. A competent and readable introduction to a territory that will most likely take its place among the ""emergent"" nations.