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191? early 1920's Figure Figure WHERAHIKO RAWEI Presenting a South Seas Entertainment REDPATH HERE is a man truly conspicuous in the entertainment world. He is the product of modern culture as contrasted with the primitive savagery of his native South Seas home. Wherahiko Rawei is a living rebuke to the man who says he has no chance. Do not get the mistaken idea that this is a travelog. On the contrary it is a living picture of Polynesian life, in the person of one who has lived it and knows it all by experience through and through. Rawei sets before you the arts, craftsmanship, customs, beliefs and musical talents of the native Polynesians, from the ranks of whom he sprang under Christian culture to his enviable position. He appears in the native costumes, and these are marvels of primitive beauty. Throughout the recital, he ingeniously creates the very atmosphere of the South Seas, and reproduces the captivating music and spiritual melodies of the Paradise of the Pacific, making his a program most delightfully different from all others. This recital overflows with oratory, wit, humor and pathos, all blended into a finished entertainment classic, that also possesses fine educational value to the student of world affairs. We unhesitatingly commend Rawei as an entertainer who is making a big contribution to a broader and more general culture. Mr. Rawei is one of the uniformly successful Lyceum and Chautauqua attractions. Hundreds of press comments attest the excellence of his entertainment, and committee reports are invariably tremendously enthusiastic. THE REDPATH BUREAU UNCLE SAM'S SAMOAN ISLANDERS THEIR ARTS, CRAFTS, FOLKLORE and MUSIC Portrayed with SONGS and STORIES of the SOUTH SEAS By WHERAHIKO RAWEI Wherahiko Rawei is a Polynesian raconteur who fascinates one with the witchery of his word paintings, so beware, lest he start you roaming o'er Southern Seas. Apart from this bad habit, he is a fine fellow, and one of my choice friends. Robert Louis Stevenson THE REDPATH BUREAU with its Worth While programs has introduced many noteworthy folk to American audiences, but few more remarkable than Wherahiko Rawei, Polynesia's most gifted Native Story-Teller. His new and fascinating recital portraying the Arts, Crafts, Folklore and Music of America's Samoan Islanders, is brimful and bubbling over with humor, romance, philosophy and spiritual uplift. Wherahiko Rawei is an adept at describing the Witchery of Tropical Moonlight Nights and duplicating the Weird and Thrilling Music played by untutored Island races. He appears in picturesque native costumes, and aided by a beautiful scenic background of waving cocoanut trees and colored light effects, he reproduces with realistic accuracy and gripping force the Wild Charm and Languorous Glamour of the South Seas, and does this with a thoroughly intimate knowledge of Our Wonderful Samoan People. He has consorted with famous Samoan Chieftains and Medicine Men and, in their company, penetrated lonely unexplored Pacific Islands to hidden-away Aboriginal Villages far remote from the eyes of the ordinary globetrotter, and, what is still more remarkable, has managed to preserve a whole skin through all this Tangle of Adventure and Travel. Apart from its value as a charming and educative description of An American Garden of Eden, not yet commercialized into A Paradise Lost, this unique and captivating offering is a refreshingly novel and spectacular one, sparkling with real Wit, refined Humor and heart-stirring Pathos, all blended by a highly-cultured Polynesian gentleman into A Delightful Entertainment Classic that is unquestionably most original.
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|Personal Name Subject||Rawei, Wherahiko|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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