Monday, October 6, 2014

Yap, Micronesia. The Homecoming Festival June 21, 2014

In Yap there is e celebration called "The homecoming Festival" , This year a grand grand daughter of O'Keefe (living now in the Netherlands) was invited to be the guest of honor on this festival, O'Keefe's story can be read on the internet, just google "O'Keefe and Yap" there is even a movie made about this man, called " The king of Yap" with Burt Lancaster in 1954.

Here is a link if you want to know more about Yap history, tradition and events.

A beautiful  stone money carved in wood.

Handicrafts and carvings made from wood,  locally made, for sale.


With my friend Hanae.


More beautiful handicrafts and colorful lava lava's


  The price of this  lava lava in dollar US is 40 dollar and 50 cents, because it is made from natural fibre from the coconut tree. 


Fruits and vegetables market, delicious bananas, breadfruits, coconuts, mangoes, pineapples, oranges, papaya, guava, sour sop and so many more local fruits and vegetables were available in this special day.

Our friend Maylin in her exposition with others locals women. Maylin is original from Kapingamarangi, an atoll and a municipality in the state of Pohnpei of the Federated States of Micronesia. She designs beautiful Handicrafts. Maylin teached me some of her techniques of  weaving.


Maylin designs.

Opening Dance: Marching Dance.

Yapese dancing is a form of storytelling and oral history.  They are four main types: Sitting, Standing, Marching and Bamboo/Stick. Dancers wear beautiful costumes, like multicolored hibiscus skirts, and ornamental head-dress, and cover their bodies with flowers, coconut oil and yellow turmeric powder prior to performing.

                                            Women's sitting dance "Anugumang".

 Marrie , her friends and  I we  enjoyed  the Olympic Day Walkathon.  

Women's stick dance "Titinyiyar".

Women's  bamboo dance

Stone money carriage ceremony.

Marching dance.

Men's standing dance, "Tarang".

Hanae with a cute kid.

Well done dancers!

1 comment:

  1. These pictures are beautiful! How do I get permission to use on a publication I'm preparing?