Le Juillet–The July Festival

The festival here in Rikitea has been going on for a week. Unfortunately we missed a few days because of the terrible weather, but two days ago the wind died down, the sun came out again and we could go out for activities again. Now the serious competitions start: yesterday the theme for the two competing dance groups was Mangarevan dance–they both danced different stories and legends from the local history, depicting ships, battles and love stories (one reminded us of Helena and the siege and battles between the Greeks and Trojans ;-) . The costumes and dances seemed very archaic, the dancers looking like fully grown shrubs and lots of foot stamping. Today’s competition will be on Tahitian dance – we except lots of hip wiggling from the girls and knee wobbling from the guys ;-)

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