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The Tribal Eye


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Seven award-winning films in which David Attenborough relates the masterpieces of tribal art to the people and places that produced them.
6: Man Blong Custom
Among the islands of the South West Pacific, missionary influence has greatly changed the lives of people who were once head-hunters and cannibals.
But even today there exist remote tribal villages which still retain their own traditions and beliefs. The bush people of Malekula, in the New Hebrides, still use the skulls of the dead to make memorial sculptures, which they entertain with spirit-puppets in their spectacular funeral ceremonies. In the Solomons, a powerful movement has arisen, dedicated to the rejection of Christianity and the revival of tribal custom. And, once again, the black war canoe may be seen speeding across a lagoon, its tall prow adorned with pearl and cowrie shells, and, just above the water, the staring face of a guardian spirit.
Film cameraman HENRY FARRAR
Film editor PAM BOSWORTH


Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Henry Farrar
Editor: Pam Bosworth
Producer: Michael MacIntyre

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