Tahitian Music and Dance

Gail Howard drinking coconut between 2 palm trees in French Polynesia

When I was in Tahiti for the Fete in July 1963, the song I most often heard played and sung was the fishing song TE MANU PUKARUA. The ubiquitous dance was the Tamure, which fifty years ago was not quite as spectacular as the one shown here as the TAHITIAN TRADITIONAL DANCE, but the hip movement in the Tamure was the same back then.

After the Fete was over, I toured the Tuamotus and Marquesas Islands for 48 days on a copra schooner. My favorite island paradise in the Tuamotus was RAROIA. For the complete story and photos visit my website South Pacific Travel Adventures.

Te Manu Pukarua

Tahitian Traditional Dance

Raroia

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