- Ellewies Foon, Lavinia Edwards, Louisa Butcher,
- Miss South Pacific 2011, Joyana Meyer, Rosa Norman (Muller), Stella Copeland, Stella Gibbs.
The Pasifika Festival held in New Zealand in March of each year is one of the most significant cultural and community festivals in the South Pacific and is the world's largest Festival of its kind. The Festival is a chance for Pacific Island communities to showcase their traditions and cultural heritage and to extend their hospitality to visitors both in New Zealand and from around the world.
This Web site focuses on the beautiful traditional dance of Nukulaelae, Tuvalu, and has been kindly made available courtesy of Louisa Butcher who was one of the many overseas visitors attending and enjoying this Pasifika Festival 2011 - we thank you so much Louisa.
Bikenibeu Paeniu (our former Prime Minister of Tuvalu) and Louisa Butcher (Foura), both from Nukulaelae.
Mila, holding the traditional Nukulaelae mat, woven from specially treated pandanus leaves.
All pictures above, courtesy Louisa Butcher
Tuvalu: Pasifika 2011 - Courtesy Michael Naisali
I should perhaps mention that the above images, and much more, are available on Facebook courtesy Louisa Butcher. Our very sincere appreciation, thanks and gratitude go to Louisa Butcher for sharing and allowing us to utilize these very beautiful and cultural pictures of the Pasifika 2011 Nukulaelae dancers with us all.
For further information on Tuvalu Culture - ABOUT US Web site, including Singing And Dancing, you are invited to visit URL: http://www.janeresture.com/tu8/aboutus.htm and click on: SINGING AND DANCING (and the other relevant links: ORIGINS, THE TRADITIONAL SOCIAL STRUCTURE and THE CYCLE OF LIFE should you wish, listed below). These links, together, form the basis of what Tuvalu, and especially Tuvalu Dancing, are all about.
SINGING AND DANCING
THE TRADITIONAL SOCIAL STRUCTURE
THE CYCLE OF LIFE
Tuvalu Genealogy (Nukulaelae)
Tuvalu Home Page
Pacific Islands Radio Stations
Jane's Oceania Travel Page