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Solomon Islands: Moro - Melanesian Bigman (3-Day Rental)

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Moro and his people live in Makaruka village on Guadalcanal in the central Solomon Islands. Some see Moro as a cult leader, others regard him as confused and power-hungry. But to many he is a real Melanesian 'Bigman' who has rejected European culture and modern technology, instead preferring to lead his people to economic independence by returning to traditional Melanesian customs and practices. We visit his village and observe the subsistence lifestyle of his people, who show us some of their crafts including the weaving of grass skirts, baskets and fishing nets. There is singing and dancing to traditional flute music and the ceremonial killing and cooking of a pig.

(1980, 35 mins) A Film Australia Production. Produced for Solomon Islands with Australian Development Assistance Bureau.

© National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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