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The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands

The village of Atuona, cradle of the culture of the Marquesas Islands

Explore Atuona, a hidden gem in the heart of Hiva Oa. This unique village, a living museum, preserves and perpetuates the rich Marquesan culture. Here, the “paepae”, traditional dry-stone houses, are a living testimony to the craft expertise of the Marquesans of the past, and the ancient art of tatau (tattooing) is still very much …

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Polynesian tiki aranui

The Polynesian Tiki, a significant cultural symbol

Polynesia, a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is known for its rich culture and tradition. One of Polynesia’s iconic cultural symbols is the tiki, a sculpture or statue found in many different styles on the various Polynesian islands. The tiki has a long and interesting history and still plays an important role in …

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