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Fiji and Samoa
Description: A tour of Fiji and Samoa, The Cannibal Isles, in 1933. Map showing location of Samoa and Fiji Islands. Fiji village with thatched roof huts among palm trees. Men sitting cross legged in group on ground on straw mat bare chested with afro hairdos and wearing flower necklaces doing traditional Meki dance ceremony with their arms, clapping and beating log drums Men with afro hairdos doing fierce ceremonal dance in grass skirts with spears, large frond shaped shields, and flower necklaces. Pan across faces of young girls. Fijian policeman marches with rifle with bayonet over shoulder. Stands at attention in front of guard house and puts rifle on shoulder. CU man with rifle. Fijian military band in uniforms marches by playing traditional western instruments trombone, tuba, trumpet, drum, french horn. CU man playing clarinet LS large tropical colonial house where Robert Louis Stevenson spent final years and died. PAN across front of house with porte cochere and flagpole and shingled roof. Two bare chested Fijian men sit on memorial grave stone of Stevenson. CU inscription on tomb Samoan village with round thatched houses. Samoan men walk towards camera. Man sits next to wall of house. Young bare chested boy holds small pig. Man sitting on ground with tatoos on back and legs. LS through pillars of two rows of women sitting cross legged on ground doing Siva dance ceremony. PAN down dancers clapping and waving arms wearing flower wreaths and elaborate headdresses. CU princess daughter of the high chief. CU of high chief Malietoa Tanumafilli and wife Momoe Lupeuluiva Meleisea standing and smiling.
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Clip #: TFA-52B
Length: 7:09
Year: 1933
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: James A. Fitzpatrick
Region: South Pacific
Country: Fiji
Original: 16mm
James A Fitzpatrick Traveltalk map of Pacific Fiji ocean cannibals straw hut village thatched roofs men doing sitting dance ritual dance with spears native policeman with rifle guards Government House marching military band Samoa Apia harbor wrecked ships Robert Louis Stevenson house and grave tombstone village with thatched houses boy with piglet tattooing tatau Siva dancing and waving clapping daughter of high chief princess

Fiji officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands, of which 106 are permanently inhabited, and 522 islets. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population. Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa, is a country governing the western part of the Samoan Islands archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. Previous names were Samoa from 1900 to 1919, and Western Samoa from 1914 to 1997. It was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976. The entire island group, inclusive of American Samoa, was known as Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.

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