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First Contact
Part of the Series: Highlands Trilogy
This is the classic film of cultural confrontation that is as compelling today as when it was first released over 20 years ago. When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World there was no camera to record the drama…
Moana With Sound
In 1924, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North. Restored…
Dead Birds
Dead Birds is a film about the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem high in the mountains of West Irian. When fillmmaker Robert Gardner shot the film in 1961, the Dani had an almost classic…
Native Planet Program 4: Hawaii - The Stolen Nation
Part of the Series: Native Planet
Host Simon Baker travels to Hawaii to examine the growing native sovereignty movement and how it helped halt construction of the largest public infrastructure project in Hawaii's history.
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific
Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of today's Polynesians…
Thule Tuvalu - Investigating Climate Change
Two places at the edge of our planet are making headlines due to climate change: Thule, Greenland, because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific Island nation is one of the first countries on the verge…
Vanuatu Women's Water Music - An Audio-Visual Journey Deep into Pacific Island Culture
The performers of the Vanuatu Women's Water Music group hail from the remote northern tropical islands of Gaua and Merelava in Vanuatu. They travel the world performing the Na Mag and Ne Leang dances as a prelude to the water…
Savage Memory - A Founding Father of Anthropology and His Studies in Papua New Guinea
In 1915, Bronislaw Malinowski set out to document the 'exotic' practices of a small group of islanders off the coast of Papua New Guinea. With extensive data on sex, magic and spirits of the dead, his work set the stage…
Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai - A Portrait of Legendary Surfer Rell Sunn
Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai is a breathtaking portrait of surf legend Rell "Kapolioka'ehukai" Sunn, founding member of the Women's Professional Surfing Association and beloved breast cancer activist. With exhilarating water scenes and captivating archival footage of surf culture, Heart…
Ngat is Dead: Studying Mortuary Traditions
What do anthropologists mean when they claim to study the cultural traditions of others by participating in them? This film follows the Dutch anthropologist Ton Otto, who has been adopted by a family on Baluan Island in Papua New Guinea.…
The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands
Six thousand miles west of California, the Mariana Islands are American territory; but after generations of loyalty, the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas still remain second-class US citizens. Following the personal stories of four indigenous island leaders, this…
Native Planet Program 1: New Zealand - Restoring the "Mauri"
Part of the Series: Native Planet
Host Simon Baker travels to New Zealand's North Island to see how science and indigenous knowledge are combining to breathe life back into a sacred lake decimated by years of industrial pollution.
The Human Face of the Pacific
This series is composed of six documentaries covering six Pacific nations and territories, giving a wide-ranging view of contemporary Pacific society. It shows the variety of ways of life from subsistence to urbanization and the challenges from outside to what…
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Lon Marum - Culture, Magic and Life on an Active Volcano
Lon Marum is a documentary film depicting the relationship between language, culture, place, music, tradition, and magic - in the context of life on an active volcano. Greater than the power to destroy, for these people of Vanuatu, Lon Marum…
Kau Faito'o: Traditional Healers of Tonga
This is a documentary, which not only shows the ancient traditional art form of healing but also tries to capture the essence of being a traditional healer in an ever-changing environment. Traditional healers are shown collecting, preparing and administering herbal…
Unity Through Culture
Soanin Kilangit is determined to unite the people and attract international tourism through the revival of culture on Baluan Island in the South Pacific. He organizes the largest cultural festival ever held on the island, but some traditional leaders argue…
Land of the Morning Star
The western half of the island of New Guinea has been known by many names including Netherlands New Guinea, West Papua, Irian Jaya and Papua. It is an extraordinary place where snow-capped mountains drain into massive rivers and 250 languages…
The Price of Peace - Tame Iti and the Urewera Four
Accused of terrorism, running a private militia and jailed on gun charges, political activist Tame Iti fights for his tribe Ngai Tuhoe to be a sovereign nation within New Zealand. How high is the price of peace? Tame's life changed…
Bridewealth For A Goddess
The film documents the last performance of the ritual for the fertility goddess Amb Kor, in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Shot over a period of approximately 15 years, the anthropologists and filmmakers have been participant-observers during…
A Balinese Trance Seance and Jero on Jero
A Balinese Trance Seance Bringing offerings of rice, flowers, and woven coconut leaves, clients visit Jero in her household shrine to determine the cause of their son's death. Jero lights an incense brazier, sprinkles holy water, and recites mantras as…