Fijian Album: A Bailey Lecture Film

September 24, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Former Museum director Alfred M. Bailey conducted fieldwork around the world during the mid-20th century. He shared his adventures during a popular film lecture series making armchair travel possible long before the internet. Bailey’s Fijian Album film was made before the first commercial flight to Fiji occurred in 1951, once again capturing a culture on film before it became known to the rest of the world. Although the original narration was lost, René O’Connell, the Museum’s image archivist, will share how a script was re-created using Bailey’s notes and field journals for a new voiceover by Dave Baysinger, who was the Museum’s videographer for over 40 years and knew Bailey well. After the film, Dr. Steve Nash, chair of the Anthropology Department, and Sarah Hagelin, associate professor Department of English, University of Colorado Denver, will discuss the historical context of this film.       

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