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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of four from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of four from this full length documentary.

  5. The credits from this documentary.

Synopsis

In this documentary 'Naked Samoan' Oscar Kightley, and Māori radio/TV personality Nathan Rarere use DNA technology to trace their families' ancestry. They discover that their forebears originated in Taiwan before migrating to the Pacific via Vanuatu (and the Cook Islands, for those going on to Aotearoa). On the DNA trail they meet locals and find striking cultural similarities — even in Taiwan, where the indigenous people look Polynesian, and provide a haka-like welcome. The film won top honours at the International Oceania Documentary Film Festival in Tahiti.

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 Dan Salmon
 George Andrews
 Debra Frame

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Comments (7)

 Ed Ga

Ed Ga

This is amazing! Like the Maoris, we Filipinos, also trace our ancestry from the indigenous tribes of Taiwan. The similarities of the physical looks and the languages are striking. In Tagalog (Pilipino) we say "tainga" for "ear" ("talinga" in Amis), "tae" for "poop" ("taki" in Amis), "taga-" for "from.../origin" ("taki" in Amis)... The old people (mostly in the countryside) also chew beetlenut. Cool. Thanks for sharing.

 Soto Shen

Soto Shen

Now I know why I am mistaken as Maori & why on holidays in Hawaii all the locals thought I was local Hawaii boy. I liked it but didn't think anything of it.
My mum's maiden name is Aitken. She is a pakeha with fair skin & reddish hair, Scottish ancestry & not good in the sun.
My dad's family name is Shen. All his ancestors are mainland China (mandarin). He was born in Beijing, went to HK & finally boarding school in Christchurch after WWII.
Good Doco, well done all involved.

 Oliver Chang

Oliver Chang

dg - Taiwanese natives come from the Indonesian region and the islands around it, according to Lin Ma Lee (think that's how you spell it) 80+% of Taiwanese have Indonesian region blood =)

 Maui

Maui

@Nicole...

I know this is a bit late, but it looks like this is the full version. It's just been divided into 4 parts... the links to the other parts are located to the right of the video.

 dg

dg

Interesting doco - it leaves me wondering where these Aboriginals of Taiwan came from before settling Taiwan?

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