Here are some beautifull images taken by friends Alan and Karen Barclay who visit Tanna frequently. I know you will love them.
thanks for these John. I just saw a video yesterday of dances from Mystery Island, it's interesting how similar they are to Polynesian dances as opposed to Melansian dances. I look forward to making my way down there on one of our trips.
What a glorious beach, perfect view. Do you know what sort of condition the reef is in there, with the cruise ship visits?
Cannibal soup hm?
Given that cannibalism only ceased about thirty or so years ago there would be quite a few locals around who know what humans taste like. Chicken I expect.
The reef is in excelent condition, thankfuly the cruise people don't venture that much.
The cast iron pot was used to boil down whale blubber in the making of oil. It was donated by Bob Paul (my hero of Tanna, more on that later..fascinating bigger than life character that did so much for Tanna).
Some links that will provide greater depth in understanding the islands of Vanuatu:
I read with interest your comment about Bob Paul's whaling pot donation
This pot belonged to my great grandfather, Axel Cronstedt, who whaled on the island post 1860.
I have seen the pot outside the library in Vila and one that was brought back to Qld. by him.
Am confused as Aneityum is not the same as Tanna.
I really do not believe that it was only 30 years ago that the munching of fellow human beings ceased either on Tanna or Aneityum.
There is one pot outside the Port Vila library, and another one on Mystery island.
Thank you for your swift reply! Am glad the one outside the library is still there. I think it was Reece Discombe (a late acquaintance of mine) who put it there. We are coming back to Vanuatu in 6 weeks time to do some more ancestry hunts.
We are going to Aneityum as I have some old maps as to where my gr. grandfather lived. Any hints for Aneityum?
Hi Suzanne, best to PM me with your questions and I will give you specific advice.