A tribal chief talks about how Methodist Missionaries brought "civilisation" to islands.
Solomon Isles. Part of the GOING PLACES issue.
L/S of coastline taken from boat at sea. M/S of tribal warrior chief carrying a shield and spear. He looks as if he is about to throw the spear when he straightens up and addresses the camera in perfect English. He talks about the tradition of head hunting on the islands.
Dissolve to show same man dressed in smart white shirt. He continues to talk to camera. He explains how Methodist Missionaries came to the island 35 years ago and taught the "natives" to sing, play games and play musical instruments and introduced them to "civilisation"! Various shots of same man playing a church organ. C/U of his bare feet pressing pedals. Nice shot with church stained glass windows in background.
Good item to show misguided and patronising approach of missionaries at this time. Also shows how indigenous traditions were eroded by colonisation. AH 2001.