Pacific Arts Festival: More Photos
'Kai kai'! Food day in the same valley where Herman Melville lived with the locals in 1842.
Let's eat! Breadfruit and cooked bananas to accompany a swath of other Marquesan delicacies! Free for all who brought a coconut bowl, banana leaf, palm husk, etc…no plastic allowed! :)
A Tiki coming to life.
'Tapa' made from tree bark was worn before Europeans brought cloth.
Who wants a palm frond hat?
With the help of a few modern tools, this log was turned into a dug out canoe. Photo courtesy of Mckenzie Clark
Later that day… Photo courtesy of Mckenzie Clark
Traditional dress certainly reflects the warm climate…:)
The girls perform the Marquesan 'Dance of the Bird'…
The future of the culture resides in the youth.
One of these days, I'll make my leaf and flower outfit!!
Mckenzie and I, gettin into the spirit!
Tiki GodApril 4, 2012
Thanks for the pictures of the valley Liz.
Very timely as I am just finishing Typee for the first time.
lizzyApril 16, 2012
Great! I read it on my Pacific crossing, such a great adventure Melville had!! :) Liz
Tom SantanielloApril 5, 2012
Liz: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences at the Pacific Arts Festival in the Marquesas. The expressions on their faces convey to me what I’ve always known, that family and friends are the most important. It has nothing to do with economic status for them, it”s the simplicity of life with family, and the shear joy of living within the moment. The last photo of you and Mckenzie could brighten even the darkest of places with both of your infectious smiles. It sure has brightened my day. Hope all is well with “Swell”. Stay well and safe travels……..Tom