A new Tahitian, English and French dictionary

The government of French Polynesia published the first trilingual dictionary of the local Tahitian language. 17 000 Polynesian words, both old and new, are translated into English and French as a bid to open the French territory to its English-speaking neighbors. Yan Peirsegaele, head of the Interpreting Department of French Polynesia, explains why this work was important after a first French/Tahitian dictionary published in 2015: … Continue reading A new Tahitian, English and French dictionary

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