Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Kids on Tongariki

Here are a bunch of kids in Lewaema village. There's Asina, two kids whose names I don't know because they're not old enough to go to school, Tommy (?), Nelson, Morris, and I think Jaylene is hidden in the back there. They're posing in front of one of my family member's kitchens. Usually people don't use tin (or kapa, as they call it--from copper) for kitchens, but I guess they like it. This picture was taken before the Bible Church had a big fundraiser down at the nakamal--they made beef stew, were selling kava, playing a stringband dvd ... Pretty flas.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kastom Dancing on Tongariki

Here's a picture of some of my students doing a kastom dance fom Tongariki. These boys are all great--one of them is pretending to be a girl while Kiki, my counterparts son, is dancing at him like 'hey, you come here!' In the middle is Tom McLenie, who's probably the best dancer in the school.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Love this picture. It's a bunch of boys from my village down at the saltwater. My favorite is Kalran (my neighbor) is just casually eating a naus while everyone else poses.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Shark-free zone

Pro Tip: If you want to ensure safe boat travel or a safe swim on Tongariki or Buninga, throw ten rocks into the salt water. It will frighten the sharks and/or do something special and kastom to ensure your health and happiness. I suspect it has something to do with maybe the pre-Christian shark gods, but no one has confirmed or denied this line of thinking.