1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook Entries


The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map

POLYNESIA 

An opportunity to buy an oyster with a pearl inside is one of the attractions at the Polynesian Village. The village is built around two South Sea island "long houses" - one a restaurant, the other a setting for Polynesian dances. South Sea palm trees are planted about and there is a lagoon where beautiful Polynesian girls pilot outrigger canoes and natives dive for oysters. The oysters were transplanted to Flushing Meadow from Pacific pearl beds.
* Admission: adults, $1.00; children, 50 cents.
Highlights 
DANCING ISLANDERS. Every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., performances are given by dancers from American Samoa. Dancers range from a strapping chief to school children, and include lava-lava-clad dancing girls. Three-foot knives are brandished in one of the dances; in another the knives are covered with an inflammable substance and set ablaze.
SOUTH SEA DISHES. The restaurant specializes in South Sea cuisine featuring fish, chicken and pork.
HANDICRAFTS. Pearl jewelry and other items are on sale in four thatched-hut shops. Prices range from $1.50 (for a pearl-bearing oyster) to $3,000 for gem pearls.

POLYNESIA

Life in a South Seas village is recreated by fire dancers and pearl divers amid thatch-roofed huts and a palm-shaded lagoon.

Beautiful Polynesian girls pilot outrigger canoes and dive for real pearl oysters, which were transplanted to Flushing Meadow from Pacific pearl-growing beds.

ISLAND DANCES. Dancers from American Samoa -- strapping chiefs, lava-lava-clad girls and boys -- perform every hour in one of the two Polynesian long houses. One dance features flaming three-foot knives.
RESTAURANT. Polynesian drinks and fish, chicken and pork dishes are served in a second long house.
HANDICRAFTS. Pearls of all sizes, jewelry and other Polynesian ware can be purchased in a row of four thatch-roofed shops.

Admission: adults, $1.00; children, 50 cents.

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