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Subject: Micronesian navigation video
From: Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jeff Marck <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 28 Jul 1997 18:13:55 +1100
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AN-Lang and ESfO-l Subscribers:

Eric Metzgar sent along the following video announcement which would seem
to be an appropriate thing to post to AN-Lang and ESfO-l:
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“Spirits of the Voyage”

88 MINUTES   COLOR   STEREO   1996

SYNOPSIS:

Realizing that indigenous schooling methods for traditional navigators are
in danger of being lost forever in the Pacific islands of Micronesia, an
eighty year-old sailing  master on Lamotrek Atoll resurrects an ancient
navigator rite of passage called Pwo which has not been performed in forty
years and has never been seen by the outside world.  Spirits of the Voyage
is a thought provoking account of the fragile status of traditional
navigational knowledge, arts, and skills in the face of cultural
adaptations to changing times;  and a rare journey back to a time and a way
of life in Oceania that has all but been forgotten...a world of
non-instrument wayfinding, sacred chants, and magic.

FILM PURPOSE/INTENT:

To tell the story of how the “lost” Pwo navigator rite of passage was
resurrected and saved for future generations of Micronesians.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

Anthropologists, educators and others interested in Pacific Islander
navigation, ritual, and transmission of traditional arts and skills.

MAJOR CREDITS:

Produced and directed by Eric Metzgar in association with navigators Jesus
Urupiy and Ali Haleyalur and the chiefs and people of Lamotrek Atoll, in
Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia.  Executive producer, Lawrence
Janss, President, School of the Pacific Islands, Inc..  Music by Michael
Stearns, Earth Turtle Studio.

PRICES:

VHS-NTSC        (personal use US$29.95, institutional use US$89.95)
VHS-PAL/SECAM   (personal use US$89.95, institutional use US$149.95)

AVAILABLE FROM:

Triton Films
5177 Mesquite Street
Camarillo, CA  93012-6724
Tel/Fax:  805-484-2199
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]

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___________________________________________________________
Jeff Marck             Health Transition Review (HTR)
Publications Officer   Health Transition Centre (HTC)
[log in to unmask]  National Centre for Epidemiology
61-6-249-5626              and Population Health (NCEPH)
61-6-249-5614 (fax)    Australian National University(ANU)
                       Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

NCEPH: http://www-nceph.anu.edu.au
HTC: http://www-nceph.anu.edu.au/htc.htm
HTC Publications:
    http://www-nceph.anu.edu.au/htc/htcpub.htm
      Health Transition Review (journal)
      Health Transition Series (books)
      Bibliographies and other links
Personal homepage:
    http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~marck/marck.htm
Austronesian On-Line:
    http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~marck/anhmpg.htm
European Society for Oceanists Australian Mirror Site:
    http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~marck/esfo/esfo.htm
 ___________________________________________________________

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