A few photos from the Heivas we attended in Tahaa. The singers and dancers had come from the neighboring islands to take part. Most were billeted nearby and a frequent site was a bus load of colorfully costumed Polynesians passing us as we hiked the 4 kms from where we anchored our boat to the site of the festival. The lighting was difficult, so some of the pictures are a bit grainy.
Powerful drumming accompanies all the dancing.
|We met Herman before the show when he served Chris a plate of the food that was provided for all the dancers and spectators. He is a chief dancer and leads a group of men in the various moves.|
|A vanilla vine at the agricultural exhibit.|
|I think these are 'greater yams'.|
|Offerings of produce|
|Singers always sit during their group himenes.|