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This a film of a women's celebration taken in 1980-83 on Sikaiana, Solomon Islands with a super 8 camera. The women are drinking fermented coconut toddy (kaleve). During 1980-83 women were only allowed to drink on special occasions, usually holidays. Often marriage exchanges (penupenu) were organized during holidays so women could drink after the exchange. During 1980-83, men and women generally drank in separate groups. In 1987, a new priest changed the drinking rules and lifted the restrictions on women's drinking. In 2019, I was told the drinking is less frequent than in the 1980s.

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