Title Details

In the South Seas

Looks at the lifestyle of the indigenous people of the Trobriand Islands after World War Two.
Year : 1948 | Total Duration : 10.5 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes (Supervision)
Director : James Fitzpatrick |
Village on tropical island. Native men thatching grass roofed huts, native women wearing shell earrings, weaving grass, sweeping, pig walks past, woman cooking at camp fire, men sitting in front of ornate hut, man carving wood. Map of islands. Team of Australian scientists studying the people, their health and way of life. Native people with with physical deformities walk past camera. Scientists with test equipment, microscopes, and samples. Clearing and blessing land. Digging up yams and line of women carrying baskets of yams on their head back to the village. Highly decorated house belonging to village chief for storing yams.
Access No. 60842 | 3 mins 28 secs | 1940s | Kiriwina, Tobriand Islands,Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |
Native man climbing coconut tree. Catching birds with catapult, weaving fishing nets, making fishing spears, in dugout canoes and fishing with nets and poisonous tap roots. Gathering at beach to barter for catch, white man buying copra, weighing baskets of copra. Native climbing coconut tree. Collecting piles of coconuts, drying copra over slow fire. Natives in lagoon diving for pearls and oysters. Oyster catch goes into canoe. Open oyster with large pearl. Scientist with microscope, taking samples of food for analysis. Biochemist tests blood samples. Dentist examines teeth and makes caste of teeth. Natives give samples of saliva and nursing mothers give milk Children being X-rayed. General village life.
Access No. 60862 | 6 mins 45 secs | 1940s | Kiriwina, Tobriand Islands,Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | B&W |