The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19th-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness

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 so much depended 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 foremost 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 sooner than washing up on Malaita. via next generations, the Malaitans’ oral background has handed down designated tales offering a unique model. Documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell spent seven years chatting with the Malaitans to piece jointly this diversified account. The White Headhunter tells the tale of a guy who not just followed their customs yet did his most sensible to organize 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 via the islanders today.

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