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Fairest Eden - Pago Pago
Description: A Deane H. Dickason travelogue about Pago Pago in the early 1930s.
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Clip #: TFA-300B
Length: 8:24
Year: 1931
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Deane H. Dickason
Region: South Pacific
Country: Pago Pago
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
1930s, American Samoa, Tutuila, Pago Pago, Pago Pago Harbor, United States Naval Station Tutuila, residence of Naval Commandant Governor of American Samoa, baskets of mail and avocados on beach, sailors, United States flag and wireless tower, palm trees, row of cottages occupied by American naval officers, Rainmaker Mountain, Malaloa, Sadie Thompson Inn where English author W. Somerset Maugham stayed and was setting of short story “Rain”, native chiefs appointed by American Commandant, home of Chief Mauga, Governor of Western Tutuila, Chief Mauga’s daughter, her children and husband, who is son of Samoan Chief of Manu’a, thatched roof open air house with chicken and dog wandering throughout, basket of food and kerosine lantern suspended from rafters, sparse furniture, basket of fruit, woman and young boy walking down to beach and into water, locals rowing on harbor, boy using boat made from gasoline cans, children and elderly men, women weaving traditional Samoan items including “grass” skirt, man weaving coconut palm tree branch into basket, man climbing coconut tree and cutting down coconuts, man cutting open coconut, boys and man eating and drinking freshly cut coconuts, man displaying his back and legs tattoos, girls wearing traditional mat skirts and ‘ula garlands playing ukuleles and dancing, traditional dances

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