Every four years, the Marquesas Arts Festival takes place on one of the six islands in the archipelago. This is the “real thing”, attracting troupes from all over French Polynesia and the rest of the Pacific and visitors from all over the world. The next Arts Festival is in Hiva Oa in 2015. Because four years is a long time (or for other reasons), a mini-festival is organized in between, so every two years there is a big event everybody talks about. We lucked out with our timing - 2013 was the year of a mini-festival – but not with the location. This year’s festival, attended only by Marquesan groups, took place in Ua Huka, the most eastern island of the Marquesas with the worst anchorages.
Wood sculptor from Nuku Hiva
One of the modern tikis decorating the grounds
Two artisans from Nuku Hiva (the one on the right a regular at "our" Snack Vaeake) creating a stone tiki
Taro ice cream with Marie: colorful and flavorful!
Afternoon at the beach with friends - hammock time!
Covering the umus (traditional underground ovens for cooking) after filling them with pigs and root vegetables
The first step to the cooking process in an umu - hot coals
Day 3 of the festival: the pirogue (canoe) is almost finished
And so is this tiki - filing the important parts...
Preparation of the kai kai - the food fest for all
Every group has their own drums and drummers
The "Cannibals" Ua Pou performance (next six pictures):
One of the gifts brought to and for Ua Huka: the tallest drum ever!
After about 24 hours, the goodies come out of the six umus - time for kai kai! (which is when my camera battery died)