Utah Valley University - Pacific Islander Initiative Program
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific (60 min, 1983)
Explores the ancient navigational heritage of the Pacific people. Mau Piailug, the last navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal and one of the few men who still practice the once-essential art of navigation, is interviewed. In a dramatic demonstration, Mau Piailug sails the Hokule'a, a replica of an original Polynesian canoe, from Hawai'i to Tahiti, using traditional navigation techniques.
Sacred Vessels (Part 1)
Sacred Vessels (Part 2)
Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia (28 min, 1997)
Examines the canoes of Guam and Polowat, Federated States of Micronesia, as symbols of the survival of native culture and a metaphor of the history of the islands.
Cannibal Tours (77 min, 1987)
Shows the encounters between tourists and Papua New Guineans living along the Sepik River. A portrayal of the ways in which the tourists engage with the "primitive" people they have traveled so far to find. Taking endless numbers of photographs, they are preoccupied with acquiring artifacts. The filmmaker interviews the tourists about their encounters; Papua New Guineans describe their encounters with the tourists.
Since the Company Came (52 min, 2000)
The story of a community's struggle to come to terms with the social, cultural, and ecological disruption that threatens to fragment Solomon Islands. Set on the remote island of Rendova, the film focuses on dispute and division caused by the Haporai tribe's latest development activity: a logging operation. In Solomons Islands Pijin and Lokuru with English subtitles.
Radio Bikini (60 min, 1987)
This documentary, nominated for an Academy Award, tells the story of America's first unclassified testing of the atom bomb through the words of eyewitnesses and archival footage that had never been broadcast before.
Shark Caller of Kontu (Part 1)
Shark Caller of Kontu (Part 2)
Shark Callers of Kontu (54 min, 1982)
For centuries the men of Kontu, a small coastal village of New Ireland, have gone to sea in outrigger canoes to call, trap, and kill sharks by hand. Now, after a hundred years of colonization, economic exploitation, and intense missionary activity that have shifted the base of New Ireland culture, few men still understand the magic ritual associated with shark calling.
First Contact (54 min, 1983)
(YouTube 6 parts)
In the 1930s, Australian miners led by Michael Leahy and his brothers made their first trek into the New Guinea highlands. Compelling footage of the initial meetings between the white men and the highlanders is combined with interviews of the surviving brothers and highlanders who recall the impressions and shock of those events.
Attempted Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, 1893
Hawai'i's Last Queen (60 min, 1997)
(YouTube SEVEN PARTS)
Tells the story of Lili'uokalani's life, her embattled reign as the queen of Hawaii, and the ultimate betrayal that led to the loss of their kingdom. Film by Vivian Ducat.
Mokil (60 min, 1948)
An ethnographic film depicting life on Mokil Atoll, Caroline Islands. Filmed in 1948, it shows the major aspects of life on a small atoll. Covered are such subjects as canoe building, fishing, taro growing, and house building. Also covers most of the aspects of Mokil social life and social organization including pressures on land, in part due to growing population.
Rising waters (14 min, 2000(?))
Citizens in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati are already feeling the heat of climate change and many predict they will be the first to face the prospect of leaving their homeland. Their lives, economies and cultures are based on coastlines that are now becoming a threat to their very existence.
Man Blong Custom (52 min, 1976)
This BBC documentary follows David Attenborough to a number of sites in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu where cultural traditions are sustained in often dramatic ways, including Malakula, Pentecost land diving, and the Moro movement of Guadalcanal.
Ongka's Big Moka (also knows as Kawelka) (35 min, 1982)
For the highlanders of New Guinea, the most important event in their lives is the moka, a ceremony at which people, sometimes whole tribes, give gifts to other people. But motives behind the giving are complex and ambiguous. The larger your gift, the greater your victory over the recipient. Portrays Ongka, a highlands big man, organizing his moka.
Trobriand Cricket An Ingenious Response to Colonialism (10 min)
Demonstrates how, over the last seventy years, the Islanders have transformed the game of cricket into a unique Trobriand sport and a colorful ritual. Trobriand political leaders tell how and why they and their ancestors have transformed the game and why the players dress as warriors.
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