The tattoo revival in the Marquesas Islands
Despite having become a world-wide phenomenon, tattoos often have vastly differing meanings in different cultures. While in the West a tattoo can be a means of self-expression, a symbol of rebellion against authority or a simple “fashion accessory”; in other cultures, and notably the Marquesas Islands, it is a tradition with a long history. In the past few decades, young Marquesans have started to reclaim this facet of their cultural heritage that had all but disappeared during European dominance.
In the Heart of French Polynesia
Portrayed since the 18th century as the ‘New Cythera’, Polynesia has lost none of its mystical allure. The archipelago offers a good deal more than relaxation and fine sandy beaches: traditional culture is of prime importance here.
French Polynesia: the “Hawaiki nui va’a”, the Dug-Out Canoe Contest
This is a major event in the cultural life of the French Polynesia. The "Hawaiki nui Va'a" is the region’s largest dug-out canoe race. But besides the competition, it is also an example of the strong ties that the Polynesians have always had with the sea.