Missing Tiki

tiki head has gone missing from the ceremonial site of Upeke, in the valley of Taaoa on Hiva Oa.  The most visited site on Hiva Oa, Upeke consists of a tohua, or a monumental stone complex once used for festivals and dance performances, and an associated me’ae, or sacred site, known as Pata.  Pata has been identified as a sacred (tapu) area of Upeke, but this is where the lost tiki head was located.  The head disappeared from its place a few days ago.  This is the second time the site has been vandalized in two years.  Last year the ear of a basalt tiki that stands nearby was slashed by a machete blade.

Read more in French here: http://www.ladepeche.pf/article/marquises/le-site-ceremoniel-de-upeke-encore-profane

Marquesan Cup Soccer!

This past weekend was the Marquesan Cup of soccer! The tournament included both classic soccer and a futsal league. In the men’s, the AS Domina from Puamau, Hiva Oa took the championship title while an Ua Pou team, Pou Au Nui, won the futsal division. Tatou, from Hiva Oa, won the women’s finals. The tournament is a great opportunity for different islands and valleys to come together for a little good-natured competition, and a rare opportunity for islanders from northern and southern groups to come together. It is supported by the Federation Tahitienne de Football (FTF).

Read more here (in French):http://www.ladepeche.pf/article/marquises/as-domina-de-hiva-oa-a-domine-le-tournoi