Henry Strauss in native canoe with locals, Auki Harbor, circa 1943
Solomon Islands, Malaita (province), Malaita (island), Auki
Photograph; black-and-white photograph of Henry strauss in the stern of a native canoe with locals, Auki Harbor (Alite Harbor), circa 1943; Henry Strauss is in his officer's uniform and is seated in the stern of a native canoe, the rail of a US Navy vessel is seen on the right, several native canoes with locals surround Henry Strauss; handwritten on back "ALITE HBR, MALAITA, SOLOMON I./ 1943"; from Henry Strauss transcript in Sound Archives: "Oh, that’s me. Ah, with a bunch of the natives. This is in Auki Harbor. And they hadn’t seen a Man-o-war and we were just inundated. And it was amazing. They didn’t have…as far as I could tell they had no written language. They could speak some pigeon English which I learned too. But the little kids like this. They’d come aboard and we used sing 'You are my sunshine…' You could sing is twice and these little kids that couldn’t speak English, they say ‘You are my sunshine' Their memories were…Well like Tahitians, you know Tahitians memorize the bibles and their whole going back to the first Tahitian that landed. ‘Cause they had not written language. And we just don’t understand the degree of memory that they have. " Similar to 2004.81.70.