Martin Johnson traveled to the tropics of the South Seas a number of times and documented his adventures on film. In this five-reel picture, he returns to the New Hebrides Islands where he had previously filmed Among the Cannibals of the South Sea Islands. On the island of Malekula, Johnson and his crew visit the same tribe which had turned hostile on their last trip. This time around, however, the natives are more friendly, and Johnson sets up a screening of the footage he had taken of them. According to the trade paper Moving Picture World, "their reaction to the 'white magic' was childlike," which completely ignores the fact that it wasn't so many years before that white people panicked when shown a flicker of an onrushing train. One man tries to sell Johnson a collection of shrunken heads, and the actual shrinking process is described. One native is even shown "smoking" his product over a fire. This was pretty gruesome stuff for 1923, when movie audiences were far more squeamish than they are now.
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