Pre-european Polynesian wood artefact could be 5 centuries old!

The Polynesian sculpture of the antique god A’a was analyzed last year and found to be 5 centuries old at most.. The antique wooden statue is held by the British Museum, London, England. According to the latter : “In 1821, islanders from Rurutu – one of the Austral Islands in French Polynesia – sailed to Ra’iatea in the Society Islands to give A’a to the … Continue reading Pre-european Polynesian wood artefact could be 5 centuries old!

The anthropologist who dedicated her life to keep Palauan culture alive

The late Katharine Kesolei, or Kathy as she was better known, devoted more than 30 years of her life to the cultural, educational and economic advancement of the Palauan people. “In today’s world, people are beginning to reconsider these indigenous cultures. They now realize that this ‘white’ society that imposes some of their values on us is a kind of oppression…I’m not saying it in … Continue reading The anthropologist who dedicated her life to keep Palauan culture alive

Nature is silently getting its legal rights back!

All around the world, the Environnement is getting increasing legal recognition and support. And this year things have started moving at a much higher pace, especially around the Pacific Ocean. July 2017 Oregon, USA – The Siletz River rallies the fight Last battle to date: a few weeks ago, a river of Oregon finishing its course in the Pacific Ocean, the Siletz River “filed to … Continue reading Nature is silently getting its legal rights back!

She defends Samoan culture in Hawaii

Elisapeta Tuupo‐Alaimaleata is an American-Samoan educator and passionate advocate for the Samoan language and culture in Hawaii. She is the founder of the Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Honolulu. Peta, as she is better know, started out as a classroom teacher in American Samoa, where she later worked as a teacher coordinator for the University of Hawai’i’s Manoa teacher training program. Prior to launching … Continue reading She defends Samoan culture in Hawaii

What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Is Moana a faithful representation of the Polynesian people and their culture? On the one hand, the coconut people came from nowhere and the giant crab passing as Tamatoa is very foreign to our culture. But for Pacificans.com editor Taema, this is all redeemed by the effort from Disney to make a Tahitian and a Maori version, combined with the fact that Moana characters seem … Continue reading What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Flora Devatine: the poet who helped save Tahitian

Polynesian culture, women’s rights and women’s role in the transmission of culture loom large in the life and work of 75-year-old French Polynesian writer and poet Flora Aurima Devatine, who has dedicated her decades-long career to the recognition of a “Polynesian consciousness”. She has long promoted Polynesian language and culture through her writing and poetry as well as her work, teaching Spanish at a high … Continue reading Flora Devatine: the poet who helped save Tahitian

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Dr Teresia Teaiwa: a Pacifican academic, teacher, artist and feminist

When beloved Pacific academic Dr Teresia Teaiwa died this March following a short illness, it was a loss that reverberated throughout the Pacific community in the region and around the world. “She was a wonderful Pacific woman and leader who was a role model for all Pacific people. She was hugely committed and passionate about people and social justice in the Pacific, and she will … Continue reading Dr Teresia Teaiwa: a Pacifican academic, teacher, artist and feminist

My beloved Pacifican song: My Island Home!

Pictures : All rights reserved If the Pacific ocean and its islands were to be some kind of a state, than this song: “My Island Home”, would be perfect as its national anthem. Written by an Australian, it was then adapted in Tahitian by a Hawaiian to become an instant classic in French Polynesia! “My Island Home” was written by an Australian, Neil Murray, while he … Continue reading My beloved Pacifican song: My Island Home!

She changes society through her market vendors association

Since being elected president of the Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA in 2016, Maureen Sariki has dug deep to lead, and create camaraderie in the market place. A member of the executive committee since 2014, Maureen focused immediately on strengthening relationships with market management, which resulted in the local government demonstrating commitment to include women market vendors in the development of market budgets and plans. Maureen … Continue reading She changes society through her market vendors association

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The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide

For Pacificans, the idea that kava could be considered a drug or a toxic plant is strange, but it is still the case in many parts of the world. Kava is cultivated all over our ocean to produce a traditional bitter drink from its roots. When prepared correctly, drinking kava creates a mellowing effect and a wellness feeling without affecting cognitive functions. It has an … Continue reading The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide