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This photograph taken at a Tongan village of Sawana in Vanua Balavu, Lau, in August 1955, where a group of young villagers were performing a stick dance known in Tonga as the momotilau.
[Fiji in the Forties and Fifties, pl. 39]
Book illustration, based on gelatin silver print
Private collection of Ginnie Marlow
Used with the kind permission of Ginnie Marlow and Thomson Pacific Ltd.
This photograph is included in the book "Fiji in the Forties and Fifties" Photography by Rob Wright, Text by Sir Ian Thomson, Edited by Peter Thomson (Thomson Pacific Ltd., 1994, ISBN: 0473027402)
Further comment by Ginnie Marlow (May 2007):
"Vanua Balavu - group of islands to East of Viti Levu."