Teone Vahini (Mrs. Pito)

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Teone Vahini, Mrs. Pito, making "popoi". A Polynesian, Teone was one of the persons the Clarkes met while living for 3 months on Rapa Island while collecting natural history specimens in 1963. J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke, 1905-1990, was curator of Lepidoptera at the National Museum of National History.


Clarke, John Frederick Gates


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Photograph included in the transcript of John Frederick Gates Clarke by Pamela M. Henson, April 30, 1986, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 9555 Box 1, John Frederick Gates Clarke Oral History Interview

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Vahini, Teone (Mrs. Pito)
  • Rapa Island
  • Entomology
  • Collecting and collections
  • Entomologists
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Islands
  • Food
  • Austral Islands
  • Polynesians


Austral Islands


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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