World Music Dance Videos The Pacific Islands

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The Pacific Islands

These videotapes and videodiscs of musics and dance of the world's peoples are available in the University of Oregon Knight Library's Video Collection. Note: The last substantial update to this page was in 2008.

Videos by Country:
General Pacific Island Videos, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea,
Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga

General Pacific Island Videos

Festival of Pacific dances.
Suva, Fiji: USP Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, 1995.
5 videocassettes (225 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format (PAL standard)
VIDEOTAPE 03005

Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts: the Melanesians.
[Honolulu]: Na Maka o ka Aina, [1988]
1 videocassette (59 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY: Dance and music performances of participants representing Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea at the 5th Festival of Pacific Arts held in Townsville, N. Queensland, Australia. Chang.
CONTENTS: [Tape 1] Solomon Islands Student Association -- [tape 2] Kiribati Students Association -- [tape 3] Rabi Students Association --[tape 4] Rotuman Students Association -- [tape 5] Niue Students Association.
SUMMARY: Various student associations of the University of the South Pacific perform traditional dances, accompanied by drums and singing.
VIDEOTAPE 03063

Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts: the Polynesians.
[Honolulu]: Na Maka o ka Aina, [1988]
1 videocassette (60 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.VHS format.
SUMMARY:Description of the performances, stories and crafts from the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Aotearoa (New Zealand), American Samoa, Western Samoa, Niue, Tuvalu and Wallis & Futuna at the 5th Festival of Pacific Arts held in Townsville, N. Queensland, Australia.
VIDEOTAPE 03062

Cook Islands

Pacific cultural programme 1992.
Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific, USP Media Centre, 1992.
1 videocassette (85 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format, PAL standard; requires special PAL machine to view.
SUMMARY: A program of traditional singing, dancing and drumming presented by the Cook Island students of the University of the South Pacific as part of the annual Pacific Cultural Programme.
VIDEOTAPE 03002

Hawaii

Ki hoalu: that's slack key guitar.
[S.l.]: Vestapol; Cambridge, Mass.: distributed by Rounder Records, p1995
1 videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in
NOTES: Chiefly in English; songs in Hawaiian
CAST: Featuring, Ray Kane, Haunani Apoliona, Sonny Chillingworth, Diana Aki, George Kahumoku, Jr., Leonard Kwan, Ledward Kaapana
NOTES: Looks at Hawaiian slack key guitar music (ki hoalu) through a portrait of master guitarist Raymond Kane and other major artisits. Unique to Hawaii, the solo finger-picking style of music has been played since the early 1800's when guitars were brought to the islands by Spanish cowboys. Hawaiians tuned or "slacked" the strings to suit their own music which has unique roots in families as songs and techniques are passed from one generation to the next
VIDEOTAPE 03248

Kuma Hula: keepers of a culture.
New York: Rhapsody Films, c1990.
1 videocassette (VHS) (85 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
CAST:Interviewer, Vicky Holt Takamine; featured dancers, Masters of Hawaiian Dance.
SUMMARY:A documentary about the native Hawaiian dance which represents the history and ancient traditions of the Hawaiian people.
VIDEOTAPE 01319

Papua New Guinea

Magical curing.
[Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, c1988.
1 videocassette (27 min.): sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. + 1 guide. VHS format.
CAST: William E. Mitchell.
SUMMARY: Contains footage shot by anthropologist William E. Mitchell while doing fieldwork with the Wape people of the West Sepik province of Papua New Guinea. Due to diet, environmental factors and the prevalence of malaria, the Wape have developed elaborate curing ceremonies involving dance, music and the enactment of rituals, including exorcisms.
VIDEOTAPE 01787

Malagan art of New Ireland.
[Minneapolis, Minn.]: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, c1987.
1 videocassette (18 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS.
CAST: Narrated by Allen Hamilton.
SUMMARY: Documentary of malagan ceremony on the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. Ceremony honors Buk-Buk, a leader who had died 15 years earlier. Includes scenes of dances, speeches, and carving wooden masks and sculptures. This edited version [of the film Malangan Labadama] was produced for the museum exhibition An Assemblage Of Spirits : Idea And Image In New Ireland.
VIDEOTAPE 03363

Malagan Labadama: a tribute to Buk-Buk.
Watertown, MA: Documentary Education Resources, 1982
1 videocassette (58 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format
NOTES: For the people of the Mandak region of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) the most dramatic and complex ceremonial events in their community are those surrounding death. A malagan is a carved, painted representation, given ceremonially in honor of a deceased person as a final mortuary offering; the term may also refer to the spirit represented by the carving or to the festivities accompanying its representation. This is the story of three brothers from Pantagin Village, who organize a malagan labadama for their deceased kinsman Buk-Buk, a lulai (chief) of the Mandak region. Elaborate preparations that last for months, tatanna dance performances and the slaughtering of many pigs are all portrayed in this film.
VIDEOTAPE 03276

Songs from Papua New Guinea.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, c199-?
1 videocassette (20 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format
NOTES: Features 13 uncut selections of tribal music from the Western, West Sepik, and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea; without commentary
VIDEOTAPE 03668

"Turnim hed": courtship and music in Papua New Guinea.
Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Inc., 1992.
1 videocassette (52 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: The Chimbu people of Papua New Guinea sing and play the flute in most aspects of daily life and ritual. This program follows the musical trials of a young man who pursues and wins his girl, only to find out that her clan demands more pigs for her dowry than he can raise from his relatives.
VIDEOTAPE 02192

Samoa

The 1992 Pacific cultural programme.
Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific, USP Media Centre,1992.
1 PAL videocassette (96 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format, PAL standard; requires special PAL machine to view.
SUMMARY: A program of traditional singing, dancing and drumming presented by the Samoan Students Association of the University of the South Pacific as part of the annual Pacific Cultural Programme.
VIDEOTAPE 03003

Western Samoa.
Evanston, IL: Journal Films, 1989.
1 videocassette (26 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Presents the culture of Western Samoa, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
VIDEOTAPE 02167

Solomon Islands

'Are'are music.
Bloomington, IN: Society for Ethnomusicology [distributor], c1993.
2 videocassettes (181 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in + 1 study guide (iii, 72 p.: ill. ; 20 cm.) VHS format.
CAST:Irisipau, Supamae, Irisitap'a, instrument builders and players.
CONTENTS:'Are'are music (146 min.) -- Shaping bamboo (35 min.)
SUMMARY:"Presents a comprehensive inventory of the twenty types of traditional music of the 'Are'are people, along with the explanations by a master musician. Shaping bamboo (tape 2) portrays the making of bamboo panpipes, carefully cutting tubes to measurements taken from the human body and adjusting their tuning by ear"
NOTES:English translation from French using voice-over, with English subtitles; some credits in French.
VIDEOTAPE 04061

Tahiti

A Place of power in French Polynesia; New Caledonia: a land in search of itself.
Chicago, Ill.: Films Incorporated [distributor], c1983.
1 videocassette (56 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Pt. 1. Through the eyes of Karim, a Polynesian dancer, we glimpse the effects of western culture in Tahiti. The influence of French culture and language, in particular, have become entrenched through the introduction of French videocassettes. However, there is a resurgence of Polynesian culture through revival of traditional tattooing, canoe building, dancing, and other activites. Pt. 2. In 1853 France acquired New Caledonia. Today the capital city of Noumea is largely white, with a thriving tourist industry. The kanaks are discriminated against economically and politically. There is a strong native movement for independence from France, and much in life has become politicized. The kanaks who comprise virtually 1/2 of the population favor independence, but the white population and France oppose it.
VIDEOTAPE 02198

The Tahitian Choir.
[Newton, NJ]: Shanachie Home Video, 1994.
1 videocassette (60 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY: Reveals the Polynesian's tradition of passing on their culture through song. The paintings of Polynesian artist Bobby Holcomb provide visual images of remote isle of Rapa Iti, isolated from the rest of the world, where chants & dances remain in the purest form.
VIDEOTAPE 02521

Tonga

Pacific cultural programme 1992: Tonga.
Suva, Fiji: USP Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, 1992.
1 videocassette (85 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format, PAL standard; requires special PAL machine to view.
SUMMARY: A program of traditional singing, dancing and drumming presented by the Tongan students of the University of the South Pacific as part of the annual Pacific Cultural Programme.
VIDEOTAPE 03004 PAL

Tonga.
Evanston, IL: Journal Films, 1989.
1 videocassette (26 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY: Presents the culture and political history of Tonga, a collection of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
VIDEOTAPE 02168


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