Vanuatu – Traditional Pacific Culture

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Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands lying between New Caledonia and Fiji in the South Pacific. The islands called Vanuatu were home to Melanesians for over 2,500 years. There is evidence that Melanesian navigators from Papua New Guinea were the first to colonise Vanuatu. Then, in the 15th century, European explorers and missionaries began arriving and the islands changed forever. Many Vanuatu believe that wealth can be obtained through ceremonies. Dance is an important part of their culture; many villages have dancing grounds called Nasara. A significant traditional event is the Toka festival on Tanna Island, a symbol of alliance and friendship between different tribes.

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Traditional weaving as part of a small nambas kastom village tour on Malekula Island, Vanuatu

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Traditional food preparation as part of a small nambas kastom village tour on Malekula Island, Vanuatu

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Tesi Aurelie’s bungalows on Malakula island. Tesi is one of the many people who has received training and support from the AusAID funded TVET program

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Prawn farm, Vanuatu

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Port Vila vegetable market, Vanuatu

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Port Vila vegetable market, Vanuatu

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Port Vila vegetable market, Vanuatu

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NiVanuatu artisan replaces a thatched roof on the chiefs’ meeting hall. Vanuatu

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Security officer at Port Vila vegetable market, Vanuatu

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Sargent Ephraim Kalorib teaching at Vanuatu Police College. Vanuatu

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Paul Denny works at a copra production centre on Malekula Island, Vanuatu.

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Perry Louis a lab assistant at the Norsup Hospital, Malekula Island, Vanuatu

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Kindergarten students during a lunch break at Norsup Primary School, Malekula Island.

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Passengers board a plane after it stopped at the first of two stops on the island of Malakula

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Third grade students during class at Norsup Primary School. Malekula Island.

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Australian Aboriginal Culture

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Indigenous Australians are the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. The term includes both the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginal People, who together make up about 2.5% of Australia’s population. Aborigines are believed to have lived in Australia for between 60,000 and 40,000 years, their early ancestors coming from South-East Asia. Traditional Australian Aborigines lived a nomadic life, following the seasons and the food. Aboriginal people are very religious and spiritual, but rather than praying to a single god they cannot see, each group generally believes in a number of different deities. The myths and rituals were a source of inspiration for much aboriginal art, including paintings, carved objects, symbolic weapons and poetic chants. The forms of art varied according to region, with differences in the decoration.

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Tour of China Culture – Potala Palace, Tibet

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Potala Palace is a sacred place in the minds of Tibetans, as well as the symbol of Lhasa. It was built in the seventh century and it has already had a long history of over 1300 years. The temple complex covers a surface area of some 220,000 square meters, making it one of the largest in China. Comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, was built on the Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700 meters. The Potala Palace has 1000 chambers. The white places was for secular use. It contained living quarters, offices, the seminary and the printing house. The red Palace’s function was religious. The Potala Palace has always been the political center of Tibet since the fifth Dalai Lama.

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