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The Tradition Bearers: Fourth Festival of Pacific Arts 1986

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Physical description:
archival original one video cassette (28 minutes) sound color 3/4 inch
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Video recordings
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Donated by Summer Banner in 1998
Film presents Hawaii's acceptance into the Festival of Pacific Arts signifying their heritage as Polynesian peoples. The 1985 4th Festival, held in Tahiti, opens with a parade of participants representing Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Shown are numerous singing and dance performances from Tuvalu, Tonga (male paddle dance), Samoa, French Polynesia, Marquesas Islands (wedding ceremony), Tahiti (wedding ceremony), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Wallace and Fortuna, Micronesia (Naru Island) and Hawai'i. Also filmed is Hawaiian dance and drumming rehearsals, Hawaiian crafts and traditions (quilting, lei making) and interviews with Hawaiian performers. In addition to performances are games including stone lifting, javelin throwing, coconut harvesting and palm weaving. Micronesian boys are shown in a wrestling match. Percussive instruments played include drums, gourds, sticks, hands, knee boards, logs, and biscuit tin. Other instruments include guitar and pan pipes (Papua New Guinea). Participants display ceremonial and other dress, head gear and body adornment (paint and tattoos).
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture  Search this
Dance  Search this
Instruments--musical instruments  Search this
Singing  Search this
Music  Search this
Percussion instruments  Search this
Crafts  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Games  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1998.16.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives OK:0
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives