Lost Tiki Update

French Polynesia’s department of culture has issued a plea for the return of the tiki head that disappeared in November from the ancient site of Upeke, in the valley of Taaoa, Hiva Oa.  Upeke is classified as an historic monument and protected by federal law.  The department statement reminds those who took the tiki that transporting objects from historic monuments is illegal and that the perpetrators could face up to 7 years in prison and a penalty of 100,000 Euros.

Read more in French here.

[Image from: http://tahitinui.blog.lemonde.fr/2013/01/06/disparition-de-la-tete-de-tiki-de-taaoa-communique-du-service-de-la-culture-et-du-patrimoine/#xtor=RSS-32280322]

Fundraising and Futsal

For the third consecutive year, the villages of Taiohae, Hatiheu and Taipivai participated in a futsal tournament in Taiohae, Nuku Hiva.  The team from Taiohae took the championship title.  On Hiva Oa, a fundraising event including traditional dance performances and a bake sale was organized to help finance a new roof for the Catholic Sacre-couer church in the village of Puamau.

L’équipe de Puamau :  mamans, jeunes du collège public  et de Sainte-Anne, ainsi que le diacre Jean-Jacques Tipahaehae, au centre. Ils n’ont pas ménagé leurs efforts pour offrir un beau spectacle  de danses traditionnelles.

(from: http://www.ladepeche.pf/iles/marquises)