A horse pasture and view of te tuaivi (the mountains) of Hiva Oa, 2009.
A man returns from the valley on TO IA SOARE (his horse). The traditional Marquesan saddles were made of wood, but when one of those isn’t handy…an old berlap coprah (dried coconut) sack will do!
Opening a wedding-size UMU, or earth oven, is a serious business! The umu is typically filled with INA’I (typically pig and/or fish), ME’I (breadfruit), MEI’A (bananas) and other goodies. Vaitahu, 2008.
A woman plucks E TAHI MAKO from a tree in Atuona, Hiva Oa using the traditional method: a long stick with a fork and a string basket on one end.