Mavea Island, Vanuatu

Mavea Island, Vanuatu, looks like (and is) a tropical paradise

Mavea Island, Vanuatu, looks like (and is) a tropical paradise

 

Mavea Island is a small island in Vanuatu across a small channel east of Loganville, Espiritu Santo Island (commonly referred to as “Santo”).  The population is about 200, with only 34 speakers of the Mavea language which is dying out as it is not usually spoken outside of the home, with Bislama (a national language of all the Vanuatu tribes) and English having become prevalent.

 

A pareo with local flavor, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

A pareo with local flavor, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

One of the “Water Women” on shore, before the group_s performance, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

One of the “Water Women” on shore, before the group’s performance, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

We visited Mavea in the afternoon to watch a performance in the waters off the beach by “Water Women”.  These Vanuatu women have developed a program of “water music” where they use their hands (and arms) to “play” the water (like drumming) to make rhythmic sounds, accompanied in some songs with their singing – fairly unique and, as a result, they now travel around the Pacific to perform.  There is music DVD that has been released (see: www.wantokmusik.org) and a feature length film and DVD made in 2014, “Vanuatu Women’s Water Music”.  Some footage from the film can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMFazztdbAI

 

The “Water Women” performing in the surf, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

The “Water Women” performing in the surf, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

Another of the “Water Women” on shore, before the group_s performance, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

Another of the “Water Women” on shore, before the group’s performance, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

The “Water Women” performing in the surf with our ship visible at anchor in the channel and Espiritu Santo Island in the background, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

The “Water Women” performing in the surf with our ship visible at anchor in the channel and Espiritu Santo Island in the background, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

A Mavean father with his daughter on the beach, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

A Mavean father with his daughter on the beach, Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

Two young boys on Mavea Island, Vanuatu, happy on the beach after watching the “Water Women_s performance

Two young boys on Mavea Island, Vanuatu, happy on the beach after watching the “Water Women’s performance

 

Sailing back to our ship in the channel after the performance, late in the afternoon, we saw amazing cloud formations (including a “hand” reaching upward from the clouds above the sh

Sailing back to our ship in the channel after the performance, late in the afternoon, we saw amazing cloud formations (including a “hand” reaching upward from the clouds above the ship), Mavea Island, Vanuatu

 

 

2 thoughts on “Mavea Island, Vanuatu

  1. Great pictures as always. Love getting to see them. We’re heading back to the Ranch the end of next week. We’ve loved being gone two months to Vietnam and Thailand and Bali.
    Pene and Bruce

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  2. Thanks for including the link so we could watch the music. This is one culture that totally believes in using their natural resources.

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