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Mola'a Revisited: Reef Panpipes

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  • Peter Ian Crawford
The first main shoot for the Reef Islands Ethnographic Film Series in the Solomon Islands, in 1996, was seriously affected by the un- expected death of one of the main characters and partners in the project, Alfred Melotu, the paramount chief of the Aiwoo-speaking people on the island of Ngasinue. His death and funeral resulted in the first film we produced from the series, Alfred Melotu – the funeral of a paramount chief (2002), and footage from this plays an import- ant role in the installation film, Passage (2014), that forms a crucial element of the ethnographic exhibition, The Life of the Dead, at Moesgaard Museum (MOMU). In 2005 I revisited the Reef Islands and Mola’a, a small settlement on the northern tip of Ngasinue, where Alfred had settled with his extended family only a few years prior to his death. It was mainly a courtesy visit to his descendants, especially Agnes, his widow, and sons, daughters and grandchil- dren. The main surprise, however, was the apparent emergence of a completely new music form and practice, or was that what it was?
Original languageEnglish
Publication year4 May 2017
Media of outputVideo
Size18 minutter
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

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