Portrait of a People

Location:Trobriand Islands
Length:66 minutes
Format:1/2-inch VHS
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Director:HA Powell
Distributor:RAI (rental in UK)
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Description:Kiriwina is one of the Trobriand islands off the southeast tip of New Guinea. This film shows the native Trobriand Islanders engaged in many of their tribal and family activities. Includes ceremonies, dancing, crop planting with magic, funereal celebrations and mourning, the killing of pigs, and other preparations for feasting, etc. The kula is partly shown and described, including the carving of great canoes, sailmaking, and the sailing of the overseas fleet. The milanmala or harvest is described, the result of the earlier planting. A marriage with feasting and dancing is also shown.
Record No:1703
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