Vanuatu

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Vanuatu

Settlement on the 85 Vanuatu islands dates back to around 500 BC. There is evidence that Melanesian navigators from Papua New Guinea were the first to colonise Vanuatu. Over centuries, other migrations followed. Nowadays, all the inhabited islands have their own languages, customs and traditions.

“A girl is like a branch of nettle tree – whatever ground you plant it in, it will grow”

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 indigenous groups.

Kastom Girls, Wintua Village, South West Bay, Malekula, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Vanuatu Men, Rah Lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu, 2011 Big Nambas, Wintua Village, South West Bay, Malekula, Vanuatu, 2011 Rock of Rah, Rah Lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Big Nambas, Wintua Village, South West Bay, Malekula, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Vanuatu Men, Rah Lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Vanuatu Men, Rah Lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu, 2011 Rom Dancers Nakamal House, Ranhor, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Rom Dancers Nakamal House, Ranhor, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Big Nambas, Wintua Village, South West Bay, Malekula, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Kastom Girls, Wintua Village, South West Bay, Malekula, Vanuatu, 2011 Rom Dancers Nakamal House, Ranhor, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, 2011  Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011  Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011 Snake Dancers Rah Lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu, 2011 Ni Yakel villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 2011