Month: May 2017

Little J & Big Cuz : the first Aboriginal animated series

“Little J & Big Cuz” is the very fist animated series produced by and starring the indigenous people of Australia. The 13 episodes of the first season are broadcasted on NITV since April the 28th, and they bring a real revolution to Australian television. The trailer: The creation of this unique animated series is long overdue : “Never before has an Australian animated show targeted an audience of four- to six-year-olds from the Indigenous community. As an Indigenous person this seemed wrong,” says director and designer Tony Thorne to Broadsheet. “It should’ve happened 10 years ago.” He is very proud...

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Solar-powered canoe launched in July in Bali

The Azura Marine company in Bali has the project to cruise around Bali in an 8 meters, solar-power-only, boat named “Surya Namaskar” (Salutation to the sun). Actually, an Indonesian canoe, a Junkung, is being adapted to receive a big solar roof (25 m²) which will provide plenty of sun protection for its (up to) 8 passengers, but also the “fuel” to power the 10 kw electrical motor. Mission “Bali salutes the sun” The name of the whole mission is “Surya Namaskar Bali”, which means “Bali salutes the sun”. It will consist in a trip around the island of Bali, navigating in the...

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Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs

The maori artist Hiwirori creates hand painted and decorated guitars, mixing his own style with traditional maori designs. Some of his creations are just gorgeous, as a look at the Facebook page of his MOKO Guitars collection will attest. In maori, Moko means tattoo, but Hiwirori introduces colors and painting designs as well: Of course, everywhere around the Polynesian triangle, tattoo is a central part of culture, and many artists created their own versions of Moko, Tatau or Kakau guitar. Among many exemples, this entirely homemade guitar, using New Zealand wood and traditional maori tattoo designs, was shared by Aroha Tamihana: All...

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Organic cuisine is changing farming in the Pacific

When you  look for a South Pacific cook, you’ll often find that the best known is Robert Oliver. He is a prized cook, a food writer with a bestseller to his name (Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific) and a TV presenter from New Zealand. His TV show is Real Pasifik, whose mission is to “be the hub for authentic South Pacific food culture”, and he uses it to promote healthy food, reduce obesity, encourage traditional culture and “empower local agriculture and community”. All that through food! And it may well be possible. To make this vision a...

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Cutest thing ever? A toddler trying the Haka!

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r120B2DCGP0 This extremely viral video was created by Manii Konui, a Turangi fellow and all-around great dad. It was brought to viral fame by the Australian Facebook page Forfaty where it has more than 7 million views! Obviously, the most famous haka, “Ka mate”, is used by the All Blacks as a war dance before their rugby games. But in maori culture and many other Polynesian islands, the haka is a much more diverse tradition than just an intimidation tool. It is also used to welcome distinguished visitors. The one sung here (as understood by a Tahitian) is more about the ancestors and...

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What a Tahitian really thinks about Moana

Last week-end, on Saturday evening, Moana, the acclaimed cartoon about old-time Polynesian seafarers from Disney was screened in the public park of Paofai, in Papeete (Tahiti). Families came from all over the island. The place was perfect to watch the motion picture: the same spot, only decades ago, must have looked like the home island of Moana. Now it looks like a neat urban tropical park with homogeneous grass and plants. It is nice though. But it now lacks the wild natural touch it once had. Just behind the audience, there is the sea, and the bay of Papeete. But the big event that evening...

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Maori Nail Art

The French nail artist Kakine created Maori-inspired nail art back in 2014 and 2015. At least three sets where documented on her blog or on Youtube. Strangely, she lives in France, quite far from our Ocean… This is a tribute to the global appeal of our diverse cultures. Kakine’s blog has been all but deserted today, but her art lives on for the rest of us to enjoy! Here are some of her creations, followed by a tutorial if you want to try and emulate her (we wont even try)…        ...

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Private concerts in kiwi “sky” Gondola

GondolaSessions is a Youtube Channel we stumbled upon one day and found the idea amazing. Those guys invite bands to take a trip into the sky gondolas of Aotearoa for a private jam session. Between the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand and the music playing live in such an intimate space, the trip is always a shot of inspiration. You also get to know, almost personally, the guest artist or band. Each video is a real pleasure to watch. Just imagine a friendly jam session in a sort of acoustic bubble, suspended between sky, water and earth. Check out the GondolaSessions Channel, and if...

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