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Clip #: TFA-357B
Library: TFA Network
Filmmaker: Martin & Osa Johnson
Region: South Asia
1930s, Borneo, Martin Johnson, Osa Johnson, native man chopping off tree limbs loaded with oysters and putting in canoe, native men eating oysters in canoe, jungle, tropical rainforest, canoe caravan traveling down winding river, limestone cave, flock of swiftlets in flight, hawk preying on swiftlets, bats, bird’s nest hunters carrying nests retrieved from cave to government post, inspector grading nests for quality, caravan of canoes and raft pushing upstream, men falling overboard and struggling to paddle as boats are swept backwards in swift current, boats docking, headhunters, Martin talking with headhunter chief who he met 18 years ago, Osa joking with headhunter about dagger, group of headhunters singing and swaying back and forth, headhunters chewing tobacco, narcotics and drinking rice wine and palm toddy, amphibious aircraft "Spirit of Africa” landing on river, Sikorsky S-39, headhunters rushing to river to look while Osa waves from Spirit of Africa, headhunters swimming and paddling canoes to plane, Spirit of Africa taking off and flying over headhunters in canoes, Johnsons flying downstream and returning to raft where it was left tied up, native woman in canoe speaking in English to Martin and Osa on raft, Johnsons following woman to her village in canoe and being warmly greeted upon their arrival, Dayak people, native interpreter trying unsuccessfully to woo Dayak woman, woman rolling and smoking cigarette, man playing fiddle, visitors from other tribes arriving for festival held in honor of Johnsons, woman dancing accompanied by musicians, singing and clapping, men drinking alcoholic beverage from large jug and laughing, woman hitting and pushing away interpreter as he tries to dance with her, men laughing and drunkenly stumbling away from jug, drunk men joining festivities before returning to drink again from jug, woman walking in on men drinking but leaving as they pretend to not be drinking, men finishing jug of alcohol and drunkenly stumbling off, woman, girl and boy taking turns dancing accompanied by clapping and musicians, drunk men joking and laughing together before falling asleep, villagers fleeing inside hut when giant orangutan is spotted, Martin, Osa, members of their expedition and villagers embarking on hunt to catch orangutan with net and chasing him through jungle, orangutan climbing vine up to top branches of tree and swinging from tree to tree, Osa standing next to Martin filming with movie camera, men chopping down trees in attempt to isolate and catch orangutan, men climbing vines after orangutan, nets being positioned, orangutan cornered in tree ripping off and throwing down branches while Martin films, hunting party eating dinner while they wait for orangutan to give up, "Spirit of Africa” flying low over orangutan in tree in attempt to drive him down, hunters using rope and nooses to finally catch orangutan and ensnare him in net, hunters cheering and dancing in victory, captured orangutan being carried back to camp and put into cage