I'm really trying to portray a lot of things in this
photo. The large structure is The main meeting house for the village.
The paving with stones is part of a centuries old path system that
connected the villages on the island of Yap. Each household would be
responsible to maintain the pathway in front of their house. The large
stone circles with the holes in the middle are the Yap stone money. This
was brought over from Palau and has value depending on it's history.
visited this traditional village and were greeted by the children with
floral headpieces. The villagers were demonstrating native crafts.
of these crafts are being lost throughout the islands, especially where
modern life has crept in.
usual, I can't resist the shots of the children. These faces are so
beautiful and innocent.
Some of the crafts were being sold at a little counter nearby.
Everyone was busy demonstrating various methods.
The use of turmeric as a beautifying powder was demonstrated. When I
first saw it on the little girl I thought she was ill.
was learning something.
our captain had a chance to talk to the local leaders and learn why
people prefer to live in traditional villages away from the pressures of
boys finally got a chance to entertain us with some of their traditional
dancing. The style was a lot like some of the Maori (from New Zealand)
chants and dances. Very rhythmic and with percussive sounds.