Tavaru - Nuku Hiva Part 2
To the rhythmic sounds of the Pahu drums, and the high pitch “Mave Mai” the
traditional greeting of the Marquesas islands, the fleet of seven canoes , Te
Mana O Te Moana, makes its final stop on the island of Nuku Hiva before sailing
Residents of Taipivai, Nuku Hiva’s most significant valley, had the important task of welcoming the visitors from abroad. Another visitor , over 170 years ago was world reknown American novelist , Herman Mellville. Before “Moby Dick”, Mellville wrote “Typee”, his first best seller. The novel named after the valley was released in 1846. The author had spent three weeks living amongst the natives of Taipivai, and he was treated so well that he honored his hosts by writing a novel of romance and adventure, contributing to the idea of the "noble savage".
Today, Te Mana O Te Moana promotes not only the protection of whales and other marine wildlife but also the protection of ancestral values, customs and traditions of the people of the Pacific and villagers like those found in Taipivai.
Thank you to Johann Bouit. For more video visit http://www.pacificnetwork.tv/watch/tavaru-2011-arrival-taipivai