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Martin Moyer Productions  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 film reel (740 feet) sound color 16mm
archival original 1 film reel (740 feet) sound color 16mm
Fijians  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Supplementary materials: photographs, synopses, study guides, promotional materials, newspaper articles
Martin Moyer was an independent producer and distributer of educational films primarily from the 1950s through the 1970s. His company, Martin Moyer Productions, was based in Seattle, Washington. Film subjects include social and cultural studies, art, geography, forestry, environmental sciences, physical education and mathematics. In the early 1950s Moyer, in partnership with Charles Stinson, produced short films shot in Fiji and other South Pacific islands, for their production company South Sea Films based in Suva, Fiji.
Donated by Martin Moyer in 1996.
Edited film made by Martin Moyer for educational use is a basic introduction to the South Pacific. The story establishes the "coconut palm" as the "Tree of Life" for South Pacific peoples, who are seen using the tree and the fruit it bears for a multitude of uses. Copra is explored as a mainstay of their economy. Collaborator is R.A. Derrick, Geographer-Historian and Director of Fiji Museum.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Coconut harvest  Search this
Coconut--copra--sennit  Search this
Palm--cultivation  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1996.6.19
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Martin Moyer Film Collection, ca. 1950-1985
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Human Studies Film Archives