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Shipwrecked Among Cannibals


The very title of this documentary is an illustration of the prejudicial attitudes Americans had towards indigenous peoples in the first decades of the 20th century. In American eyes, nearly all South Seas tribes were cannibals and headhunters -- savage men to be either feared or derided. The natives encountered by Edward Laemmle (nephew of Universal Studio head Carl Laemmle and William F. Adler, from the Southern California Academy of Sciences seem friendly enough -- they obligingly show life in their...more