Vanuatu Custom Dancing
Vanuatu is home to strong Kava (a mood mellowing root consumed in abundance by Pacific Islanders) and a dismissive attitude toward religion introduced by foreigners. Missionaries were banned for a time and are still sparse in many of their islands and take the blame for many things. For example, when Glen was looking for a place to spearfish, one islander warned of saltwater crocodiles in the bay where we were anchored. Surprised at the presence of those fierce predators outside their normal range, Glen asked how the salties arrived so far east our sailing guide said Vanuatu was outside their range. “The missionaries brought them as pets,” was the sincere answer of a young Vanuatu man.
Vanuatu gave incredible us insight into the old ways on Pacific islands, when men wore nambas (penis sheaths), women wore grass skirts and all survived off the fruits of the ocean, tarot roots and drank kava as a community every afternoon. Enjoy this short video of native dancers on Ambryn Island in Vanuatu.
Read Julie’s second book, Crossing Pirate Waters, for more adventures on the far side of the world!