Note: A running commentary by Kal Muller on footage of Malekula Islanders in the aftermath of a typhoon. Tribe organized in clans, chief has life and death power over subject, but subjects free to move away. They live on yams, coconuts, and wild pig (originally brought by Captain Cook). No food shortages but recently there have been western diseases and a crop decline. Footage of ceremonial ground and men facing each other in rows reminiscent of British formation for punishment. Pig dragged off to be scarified away from ceremonial ground, later eaten with yams. Women not allowed on ceremonial ground. Men's societies. Comments on drum playing, lifting poles. Sexual initiation by grandparents, prevalence of homosexuality. (The audio quality is compromised considerably by mic placement near the film projector.)
About the session: Alan Lomax and Kal Muller (with occasional input from Victor Grauer, Forrestine Paulay, Irmgard Bartenieff, and Joan Halifax) provide commentary to Muller's film footage of the Big Namba of Malekula, Vanuatu.
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