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In the Land of the Head Hunters


Wed 12 Jul 2017, 5:30pm–6:05pm
Sat 15 Jul 2017, 4:30pm–5:05pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, this early Native American drama/documentary is an amazing film produced in collaboration with the tribe members. The story of love and revenge among the Kwakwaka'wakw of British Columbia, Motana, the son of a great chief, goes on a vigil journey. Through fasting and hardships, he hopes to gain supernatural strength which will make him a chief as powerful as his father. Famed Northwest photographer Edward S. Curtis, showcases the Kwakwaka'wakw's magnificent war canoes, totem poles, rituals, costumes and dancing.

To prepare for the centennial of the film's release, Milestone worked with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Field Museum of Natural History, the U'Mista Cultural Center and Professors Aaron Glass and Brad Evans to produce a deluxe edition of the restored, original version of the film!

This screening is part of the Film in the Colony Symposium hosted by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Find out more at This screening is free if you are registered for the Film & the Colony Symposium.

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