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Scientific crew from the Capricorn Expedition (1952-1953) taking a break on the Marquesas Island. Here the Marquesans at the village of Taiohae, are preparing to perform a native dance called the \"Nuku Hiva\". The Marquesas Islands were colonized by sea-faring Polynesians as early as 300 A.D., thought to originate from Samoa. January 25, 1953.