Song of Thomas

MAKING FRIENDS AT THE CANOE FESTIVAL

There were a few extra days in my schedule before the boat left to Misima Island, where I would begin filming the documentary. Because of this "free time," I was able to make a new friend who performed at the Canoe Festival with his dance group. Although Thomas Daniel will not be a character/subject in the documentary film, he really wanted me to film him. He seemed eager for the community to know about his dance group. He requested that I edit something together for him before my departure. He wanted a video keepsake of his work with the children and with preserving the songs and dancing traditions of his culture.

This story vignette is a low resolution copy of what I was able to create for Thomas on such short notice. It was a beautiful opportunity to meet Thomas, hear his music, and watch him perform with his dance group at the International Canoe Festival in the capital of Milne Bay.