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Vao Islanders Performing Dance 1919 -250643.1


Vao is a small island off the east coast of Malekula, the main island in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) chain. Malekulans populated Vao and they often migrated back and forth between this small island and Malekula. Tethlong was a refugee from the larger island, but within a short time he became the ruler of Vao. Martin adn Osa titled this photo "The Dance of Tethlong's Men" and the full ceremony was featured in the Johnsons' film "Among the Cannibal Isles of the South Seas".

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