Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Seagull and the Mussels

Ever wonder why mussels clack their shells when they feel threatened? You’ll find out when you read the next Pacific Islands legend. This one comes to us from New Caledonia and was printed in the book, Pacific Island Legends. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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Passing on the Art of Making Mats in Fiji

The Fiji Times Online recently ran an article written by Sikeli Qounadovu titled, “Passing on a Dying Art” that I found interesting and would like to summarize for you. It was about the art of mat making. In Fiji mats were considered an … Continue reading

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Custom Governance to Preserve Land in Vanuatu

The people of Vanuatu, a name which means ‘Land Eternal’, are largely Melanesian and the people are called Ni-Vanuatu (meaning ‘of Vanuatu’). Ni-Vanuatu have lived in their islands for centuries and more than 110 distinctly different cultures and languages still thrive … Continue reading

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Research Into Marshallese Navigation Will Revive Culture

Radio New Zealand recently ran a short article about Harvard Professor John Huth’s book titled The Lost Art of Finding Our Way. Professor Huth wants to further document traditional Marshallese navigation methods to help boost the islands’ indigenous culture. Marshall Islands wave piloting … Continue reading

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A New Online Chamorro Language Resource

Earlier this year the University of Guam (UOG) launched a Website that teaches the native tongue making the Chamorro language more accessible than ever before. LearningChamorro.com is an online, learner-driven resource geared towards teaching the language, whether you’re from Guam or abroad. The … Continue reading

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Maui the Fisherman

Our next legend in the series comes to us from Samoa and is about the demigod, Maui. Maui is a well-known legend among the people of the Pacific Islands especially those from the Polynesian islands, and is considered one of the more … Continue reading

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Museum Of Samoa “Expanding Its Walls”

The mission of the Museum of Samoa is to safeguard Samoa’s cultural heritage. It houses several artifacts and exhibitions and conducts educational programs and tours. The collection depicts the Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way), its history and its tropical environment. It also … Continue reading

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