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New Hebrides Film Project: Malekula 1970-1974

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Muller, Kalmun ethnographic filmmaker (1939- )  Search this
Physical description:
reference film reels and video cassettes silent color 16mm (partial) 3/4 inch (partial)
master video cassettes silent color 3/4 inch (partial)
archival original 22 film reels (20,400 feet) silent color 16mm
Melanesians  Search this
Nambas  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Amok village
Lendombwey (Melekula, New Hebrides)
Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)--archival collection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
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Ceremony  Search this
Ritual  Search this
Mortuary practices  Search this
Art  Search this
Dance  Search this
Drumming  Search this
Agriculture--seidden  Search this
Gardens  Search this
Cookery  Search this
Division of labor by sex  Search this
Animal sacrifice  Search this
Adornment  Search this
Aesthetics  Search this
Authority--as manifest though ceremonial exchange  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Big Nambas  Search this
Small Nambas  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1975.1.1
Restrictions & Rights:
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Human Studies Film Archives