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Description: Life on the island of Likiep in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
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Clip #: TFA-112B
Length: 17:02
Year: 1949
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Filmmaker: Julien Bryan
Region: South Pacific
Country: Polynesia
Original: 16mm
Bikini, Kwajalein, Likiep, Native men launch outrigger fishing sailboat from beach. Women wave as fleet of boats leave the shore, Native men build wooden sailboats in shed using simple tools. Native women sitting on the ground outside weaving baskets. CU kittens playing, Native boys feeding fish to baby albatrosses while native women make basket reeds in background, Native woman giving baby a bath using giant clam shell as bathtub,Native teacher gives math lesson on blackboard as native girls sitting on benches watch. Pretty young woman reads from english textbook as young native children watch, barefoot native boy climbs to top of coconut palm tree and knocks down coconuts with his foot. Coconuts fall to ground. native men sitting on ground opening coconuts with machetes and putting coconut meat, copra, in pile, native men throwing fishing nets from beach and catching small fish while boys watch, native man stitting cross legged on bow of canoe and baiting fishing hook with bait using a stone. , 60 year old native diver puts on goggles dives off of canoe into water to catch a giant clam. Underwater shot, he puts rope around large clam. Men haul up giant clam onto deck of canoe. Driver waits in water. Man rings bell in outdoor tower as crowds of native people walk towards and into simple wooden church. Minister reads at pulpit. CU page of bible written in Marshall Islands language. Islanders watch, Young men on beach digging with handsfor turtle eggs. Put eggs in basket, two men sneak up on large turtle on beach and flip it over. Other men come and tie ropes to flippers and drag it back into water, outrigger sailboat sails up to beach with large turtle on board. Kids run to meet it. Men flip turtle into water and kids drag it up onto beach. woman removing bread from in ground baking oven, circle of young girls playing game juggling small coconuts with one hand. They clap for the winner, outdoor banquet. Large group of adults and children sit on ground in two rows and eat with hands, children drinking coconut milk from coconuts. People eating. Young woman drinks from coconut then smiles and takes bite of bread.

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