Fatele Fancy Feet


We were stationed on Kioa Island in Fiji. It was a unique situation because the island was inhabited by a group of Polynesians in the midst of Melanesian Fiji. Kioa was bought in 1946 by the people of Vaitupu, an island in the nation of Tuvalu, with money earned from American Armed Forces during WWII and settled October 26, 1947 by 37 original settlers. The Tuvaluans brought with them only their culture, religion, and lifestyle - which have been preserved and are still in tact today.

This is a photo of the fatele, traditional dance ceremony. The history of Tuvalu and Kioa is recorded in song and passed from generation to generation through singing and dancing. The beat is contagious and you can't help but join in!



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