Peoples of the South West Bay

South Seas 1919

The success of the Johnsons’ first film, “Among the Cannibal Isles of the South Seas,” made possible a second and better equipped film expedition to the South Pacific in 1919.

In April they left San Francisco for the New Hebrides. Returning to Vao they organized an expedition and set sail for Tenmarou Bay on the island of Malekula with the intention of again filming the Big Nambas. After a successful visit, Martin and Osa left Chief Nagapate and his part of Malakula to photograph and film other tribes of the island.

Off the south coast of Malekula they visited the island of Tomman where the heads of children were elongated through the use of tight bindings. From Tomman they visited the island of Espiritu Santo before returning to Sydney, Australia, with 25,000 feet of film and 1,000 photographs.

South Seas Photo Gallery 1919: