Farewell Naviso, Part 1

21 12 2012

 

Naviso made Nik and I a farewell Kaekae. They killed a cow for us, gave us kava, and did several songs and dancing. Nik made this video which includes a lot of the dancing (we are dancing towards the end of the video).

It was pretty emotional at the end when as customary, the entire village lined up and came by to shake hands, kiss our cheeks, and leave us some mats and other presents.

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The mama’s gave me a woven wall hanging that represents the many people (women) coming together as one to work together. Nik got a wooden staff used for killing pigs. I’m a little jealous of that. :)

This was just one of several emotionally draining goodbyes I had before leaving the village… More to come!

 

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