Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: still photographs, publications, field notes
Full film record shot of the traditional unChristianized people of interior Malekula, New Hebrides (Vanuatu); the "Small Nambas" of the Lendombwey region; and the "Big Nambas" of Amok village. Small Nambas footage documents various daily and ceremonial aspects of Nambas culture. These include scenes of casual domestic activities around residential hamlet complexes and subsistence practices relating to gardening and food preparation; various "custom" practices including male ritual activities enacted in and around the ceremonial ground or <bunsar>; <nevimbur> (funerary rituals to appease and invoke the spirits of the dead which are directed principally by a male gerontocracy) featuring male dancing and drumming, ceremonial display, and exchange of yams, pigs, and <lap-lap> (taro pudding); and artistic creation of <temesnevimbur> (funerary sculptures) in a ritually circumscribed area of the male ceremonial ground and the display of these and related <rhambarab> (life-size effigies) in ritual contexts. Also depicted are <ogases> (women's grade-taking rituals) including ritual purifications, adornment, dancing, tooth extraction, and pig sacrifices. Big Nambas footage depicts daily life in the compound of the chief of Amok village and women working in a recently burned swidden garden.
Muller, Kal 1972 "Field Notes on the Small Nambas of the New Hebrides". Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes vol. 28, pp. 239-251
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD