Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot on the island of Bora Bora highlighting the beauty of the beaches and marine animals. Located in French Polynesia in the South Sea, the island is home to only a few hundred people and the town, with churches and schools from the missionary days, as well as picturesque tourist cottages with thatched roofs, is shown. There are many shots of clear water and sandy beaches lined in palm trees. A land crab is shown defending itself. The two large peaks of the island are also shown as well as an examples of the many ancient temples called Maraes (places of worship built several hundred years ago by the chieftains). Inside the Maraes, the Linkers film carvings of sea turtles which were considered to be sacred. The camera then goes underwater filming tropical fish, a sea turtle, and coral reef in the shallow waters just off the coast. In the deeper waters, the Linkers film a school of fish and four manta rays feeding. Nighttime celebrating of Bastille Day is shown with betting wheels and dances (professional male and female dancers are dressed in grass costumes). The broadcast ends with a formerly traditional male and female courtship dance.
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746