Dances of the South Seas

Location:New Zealand / Aotearoa; Samoa; Tonga
Subject:Documentary; dance
Length:424 feet (17 min)
Format:Archival Film, silent, 1/2-inch VHS
Year Released:1927
Director:Burton Holmes
Distributor:Smithsonian HSFA
Library Code:Smithsonian HSFA 89.2.13
Description:Edited film is a compilation believed to be compposed of an incomplete film made for Paramount Pictograph. Includes footage shot by travel lecturer Burton Holmes depicting various Oceanic dances. These feature a demonstration of dance in Tonga including the royal laka-laka, the Samoan siva-siva with twirling of long knives, and the related war dance, the martial haka of the Maori, and the poi, a Maori women's dance. Part of the Ananda Coomaraswamy Film Collection.
Record No:423
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