By Nigel Randell
In 1876, sailor Jack Renton used to be rescued from the Pacific island domestic of the headhunting Malaitans, after spending 8 years of their captivity. His best-selling memoir of the way he went from the slave in their leader, Kabou, to his such a lot relied on warrior and adviser continues to be the one authenticated account of a Westerner’s “heart of darkness” trip. yet his sensational tale seems to have glossed over the main occasions of his transformation. Renton's tale begun with being shanghaied in San Francisco, escaping from the send in an open whaleboat, and drifting for 2 thousand miles around the Pacific prior to washing up on Malaita. via next generations, the Malaitans’ oral background has handed down distinct tales featuring a special model. Documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell spent seven years speaking to the Malaitans to piece jointly this varied account. The White Headhunter tells the tale of a guy who not just followed their customs yet did his most sensible to arrange a humans he had grown to like for the onslaught of Western civilization. He lives on within the Malaitans’ reminiscence, his hut and guns preserved as a shrine nonetheless visited by way of the islanders this day.
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