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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).
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD