Nagula

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Nagula

Ni-Vanuatu, meaning ‘of Vanuatu’, is the collective name for the mostly Melanesian people that make up 95 per cent of Vanuatu’s population, a lthough their customs differ widely from island to island. The Nagula community living in the south of Tanna island are also Ni-Vanuatu. 

The Nagula are perhaps best known for their long grass skirts and koteka penis gourds. Tanna is also the location of Mount Yasur, the highly active volcano that poses a constant, rumbling threat to local communities.

Coming Back
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- Jimmy Nelson

Coming Back

Jimmy returned in 2014 to the Vanuatu Islands together with Bill Weir from the CNN, to show the people the book' Before They Pass Away'. This is one of the images he took while being back and now published in Homage to Humanity

Majestic Banyan on Tanna Island
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"These majestic Banyan trees are like cathedrals made out of branches and roots."

- Jimmy Nelson

Majestic Banyan on Tanna Island

Many Ni-Vanuatu still practice traditional native religions. These include cargo cults, which believe that wealth can be obtained through religious ceremonies, the best known of which is the John Frum movement. This group holds on to some traditional practices, including ritual dancing and the drinking of Kava.