Pūtahi : a gathering of Oceanian artists [PICS]

For two weeks at the end of June, 30 artists from all over Oceania were invited in Tahiti by the Centre des Métiers d’Arts (CMA), a public art school in Papeete (pictures of the event on their Facebook). During their visit, they engaged with local students and artists, exchanged their world views and different techniques… And of course they created art. The creations of the … Continue reading Pūtahi : a gathering of Oceanian artists [PICS]

Cultural power to fight against climate change?

Yesterday, Marae Taputapuatea in Raiatea, French Polynesia as well as the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata in Japan have been integrated in the list of World Cultural Heritage sites. If you want to learn more about Marae Taputapuatea, check this article we published yesterday. Concerning the Sacred Island of Okinoshima, UNESCO describes this site as “an exceptional example of the tradition of worship of a … Continue reading Cultural power to fight against climate change?

The world recognizes Polynesian cultural heritage & it was damn time!

Better late than ever, the ancient Polynesian roofless temple or “marae” of Tapuatea has eventually been integrated to the list of the World Heritage Sites in Oceania today. Since the inscription of Easter Island and its giant statues in 1995, the region hasn’t succeeded in obtaining much of the focus of UNESCO until these last years, more precisely since The Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009). According … Continue reading The world recognizes Polynesian cultural heritage & it was damn time!

Fantastic creations by Tongan fashion designers

For the 2017 Miss Heilala Pageant, in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, the 16 aspiring beauty queens wore “unique island creations made from local materials, including coconut shells and fibre, dry and green coconut leaves, tapa cloth, fine woven mats, pandanus and shiny sea shells” explains Matangi Tonga Online, an information website covering the event. An account of the evening and a lot of pictures of the creations are available … Continue reading Fantastic creations by Tongan fashion designers

New Zealand’s lost 8th World Wonder spotted!

A series of scientific studies on Lake Rotomahana, in Aotearoa (NZ), since 2011, have found evidence of remains of the legendary Pink and White Terraces, a natural wonder which was well know by locals and visited by adventurers from all around the world until 1886. Poetically named Te Otukapuarangi in Māori, which means “The fountain of the clouded sky”, it was renowned worldwide. It consisted of … Continue reading New Zealand’s lost 8th World Wonder spotted!

Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Sometimes in sporting evens, the most celebrated team is not the winner but the most courageous one. This is exactly what happened at the Outrigger Canoe World Distance Championship 2017, held last week in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Outrigger Canoe, named “canotaje polinésico” in Spanish or “va’a, waa or vaka” in Polynesian languages, is the open-sea canoe used in the Central Pacific islands in traditional sporting events. … Continue reading Tahiti falls in love with this Japanese canoe team

Hawaiki Nui Va’a International race back in november

The great Polynesian canoe race, Hawaiki Nui Va’a, is coming back at the end of the year. Born in 1992, from the dream of Edouard Maamaatuaiahutapu and his friends, this International Sporting Event was inspired to its creators by the natural majesty of the islands where they lived and by the traditions of their ancestors. This last idea is clearly illustrated by the name of the race, … Continue reading Hawaiki Nui Va’a International race back in november

The Polynesian god of war conquers the UN

In ancient times, Polynesians sacrificed defeated warriors on his sacred grounds. Oro, the mythical god of war has the mana, even nowadays, to conquer the UN… at least the UNESCO committee. Better late than ever, The United Nations will soon have the occasion to fix one of its major oversight in Oceania. The center of ancient Polynesian civilisation, Marae Taputapuatea, dedicated to Oro, is on … Continue reading The Polynesian god of war conquers the UN

Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company

Yap is a small island in the Federated States of Micronesia, still ruled by a traditional council of chiefs. A new tourism development project pushed by a giant Chinese company would build as much as 10 000 room resort in the tiny island of 11 000 residents… The story is well told by David Morris at TheDiplomat.com. Chinese company Exhibition and Travel Group approached the island with … Continue reading Micronesia stands up to a giant Chinese company