Let’s Look a Little at Vanuatu

Just thought I provide a little information on this glorious Easter Sunday about one of the most fascinating countries in the world.  

Vanuatu is a collection of about 80 islands and is located about 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia. The first Europeans to visit the islands were the members of a Spanish Expedition led by Fernandes de Queiros in 1605. In 1774, Captain Cook named the islands, New Hebrides. This name stood until independence in July of 1980. The official languages are Bislama, English and French. Bislama is a pidgin language which combines a typically Melanesian grammar with an English vocabulary. 

Vanuatu had many missionary visits in the 19th century. Today, Christianity is the predominant religion. The largest denomination is Presbyterian, followed by Roman Catholic and Anglican. Interestingly, Vanuatu is also the home of several cargo cults. The famous John Frum cult on the island of Tanna is, perhaps, the largest of them all. We’ll talk more about this unusual group in more detail in the next Vanuatu post.

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Slit drums of Vanuatu

Don’t forget to look at our Vanuatu project. We really need your help! Thanks!!  http://goto.gg/9875

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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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