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Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop

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This post is more intended for those interested in the ethnography/original cultures of the Polynesia area, rather than current Pop subculture of Hawaiian shirts, surf bands, cocktails, tiki mugs and carvings, and other such things.

For one week only, the National Gallery of Art (in D.C.) and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) are making available for free viewing a 2020 movie titled 'Expedition Content' This movie is based on the audio recordings made in 1961 by Michael Rockefeller while in the Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua) - just a few months before Michael mysteriously disappeared, while he was on a mission to collect items for the Museum of Primitive Art that his father had funded.

The movie is unusual, in that it is mostly entirely audio sound - mostly a blank screen, with very few visual images at all, an auditory sonic landscape. But it is entrancing - one hears Michael's voice, the rather amazing singing and harmonies of the Dugum Dali people of the island, and the sounds of nature and other activities Rockefeller recorded, with very few of the sounds of modern society. There are are a few surprises, which I do not want to mention here

This 1961 journey to New Guinea also resulted in the 1963 award winning documentary film by Robert Gardener titled 'Dead Birds' (Rockefeller recorded the sound for this film) which I was able to search for and view on Youtube. This film focuses on ritual warfare, has a few 'distressing' scenes, but can be considered a good companion film if you wish to learn more about the Dugum Dali people.


[ Edited by ikitnrev on 2022-03-19 00:53:03 ]

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