Long documentary about life in British Guiana - good shots of men, women and children at work .
Reel 5. c 1924
Industries of British Guiana. Coconut palms. A young boy climbs up the trunk of a tree. He climbs up just using his hands and feet (no ropes or ladders). Once he is at the top he knocks down coconuts. The coconuts are then collected from the ground and put into sacks. Husks are taken off the coconuts. C/U of the coconut being bashed down upon a sharp instrument. They are loaded onto a cart pulled by oxen. Some of the coconuts are shelled and broken up. We see seated women breaking up the coconuts. Dried coconut is called Copra. Women and children walk on the coconut in bare feet to break it up (looks like it could be painful). Sacks of coconuts and Copra are loaded on to a train.
View from the front of the train as it travels to Georgetown. The train arrives at Georgetown station. The town of Bartica - prospectors arrive and board boats to travel up the Mazaruni River to the diamond fields. The boats are rowed by many men with oars although they do have small motors on the back. Land being cleared prior to diamond prospecting. Men with dogs oversee the work. Men "wash for diamonds" in the same way as for gold. C/Us of a man sifting for diamonds. A collection of diamonds is displayed for the camera. The word "Diamonds" is laid out in the precious stones.
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