1910 - approximately 1959-1961
Major features of the South Sea Island Hall were mannequins of a Tahitian priest in a fire-walking ceremony scene, Tahitians grating coconut, preparing kava, and weaving, and a Maori warrior. Exhibits on view included tapa or bark cloth, masks, a Hawaiian feather cape, swinging picture frames with images of Samoan life, ceremonial adzes from the Cook Islands, a miniature model of a Manus village in the Admiralty Islands, and a cast of a moai from Easter Island, brought back from the Templeton Crocker Expedition in 1935 (2, 1911, p. 93; 2, 1913, p. 107-109; 2, 1921, p. 120; 2, 1939, p. 148). Some material from New Guinea was exhibited in the Philippine Hall for lack of room in the South Sea Island Hall (2, 1935, p. 132-133). The hall featured collections of material from Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, the Marquesas, the Gilbert, Marshall, and Caroline Islands, Fiji, the Bismarck archipelago, the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia (2, 1916, p. 132; 2, 1919, p. 120-121).
Located in the tower room of the hall, the Drummond Collection, more topically related to the Chinese and Siberian Hall, featured carvings of Chinese jade and amber, Japanese ivory and sword guards, and bronze. Many of the cases featured Dr. Isaac Wyman Drummond's original arrangement. A white jade composite in the center of the room was a gift to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong from his court officials (2, 1936, p. 132).
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