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  Past, landscapes, tribes, bougna, islands.
Pictures from 1967-1970..

Fishing with the sagaie is very dangerous for the fisherman who jumps with the sagaie and is likely to impale himself (has arrived yet)
photo Tourisme NC.

East coast

Old road of the East coast, made out of beaten ground.

Hienghène, the hen rock

Valley of the Amoa.

Raft of bamboos and pole : way of transport.

Ferry of the past

Generally pushed by an aside engine, the ferries were in former times pushed with a rod, or hauled with a piece of wood acting on a cable (see right hand)

This ferry was drawn using a piece of wood whose notch was wedged in the cable.
The man, here, was very admired.

This young boy walk bare feet on the cable to pull the ferry.

Former ferry of the Ouaïème.
The only one which still remains for the tourists. Morning mist while waiting at the ferry.

 Ouaïème river (mouth)

The tribes use the breeze blocks and sheet for their dwellings; definitely less decorative, the modern materials brought speed of construction, solidity and duration. A " vegetable " hut does not last two decades and requires long and hard work.

Beautiful tribe site, agreeably planted as most often often. One can see a traditional roof.

Drying the coffee. Coffee was sold at Nouméa, or more precisely exchanged ag trade office which bought it.

the sign read : Any people go down here, even from a bicycle for no one must be taller than the Chief. That makes us laugh, isn't it ; as a matter of fact, are you sure it's no longer the same in our "modern and advanced" society ?

I remember a Chief who spoke at "his subjects" turning them his back. Why ? For eliminate all that could spoil the message, from both sides, ie reaction of audience or the contrary. It's reality, we hear less looking at a screen and the sound is generally set louder than for the radio. We can tell at the phone what we won't never tell facing the interlocutor.

Cricket , a women practice there.

The feast

 lissen the pilou

One braids caps for the festival which will be expressed with a good "pilou dance", "cricket" , and for rare occasions, a traditional good bougna
No significant feast without a bougna

Opening of the stones oven.
BOUGNA Earth-oven dish based on igname, tarots, papaws, banana to be cooked, chicken or fish, soaked with coconut and wrapped in sheets of banana leaves. the round bags are tied and put to cook in the oven made of heated stones. covered with old coconut plaits and ground. Cooking lasts two hours. It is a hard work because it is first of all necessary to cut wood, to dig the ground, to make the fire, to heat the stones which must burning, open the oven without got burned oneself; is generally begun the day before. Succulent when it is prepared in the rules; the food is quite distinct and juicy.

It is not a ragout unless one evoques the Bougna "pan" or worse the bougna "microwaves". Well made, they can even make you enjoy a good time..

Off the east coast.. the Society Islands - Ouvea, Mare, Lifou.
see also, islands (page bottom)
From an administrative point of view, all the islands are occupied by several tribes, and enjoy a special tribal status, especially with regard to land ownership.
The three east islands are former atolls which have banked and offer a side higher than the other. "

The ground is made of dead coral down and packed. It is not homogeneous and it is not rare to meet there excavations and even true caves. To dig in a dead coral atoll is not easy matter to achieve.


Lifou hibis

Dead coral has a jagged aspect greyish or blackish. There in Lifou island, revealed par the island banking.

Ouvea; an effect of dazzling whiteness restored here, to which is added an overwhelming heat and a few foot burns on the sand or scattered pieces of coral that scatter
Ouvéa : kanaks at bath

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