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  • Short Summary

    Teenagers dress as Pacific Island tribes and stage ceremony and battle on beach.

  • Description

    Beach Scenes - Children / teenagers dress up as tribes of the Pacific Islands and perform a native ceremony and tribal battle on the beach.

    Location of events unknown - British (?) seaside town with a pier.

    Opens w/ MS panning on group of young Caucasians; ages 10-16; dressed in their idea of typical tribal clothing - grass skirts; sarongs; or torn shorts; beads; headbands or scarves; war paint; etc. Some of them brandish long swords; spears; or other weapons. LS beach; w/ pageant in progress; audience watching behind wall at left; the kids are dancing in circles around a statue of a heathen god or idol. Closer shot same.

    Shot of a few of the children wading into water w/ small roundish boats which do vaguely resemble what they're supposed to. Suddenly; a regular rowboat full of kids representing an enemy tribe arrives from across water; and they jump out; attack. A battle starts. Pan left as invaders wade to shore; both sides throwing things at each other. Chaos ensues. Closer shot of the fighting. Looks like Lord of the Flies.

    Wacky; silly; funny. Also bizarre; weird; incredibly racist. Entertainment; games; costumes; racism; ethnic groups; violence. Pageants; cultural.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:45:00 / 01:45:29:00
    ON 247 E

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