Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Instruction & How-to

Hands On Crafts for Kids Series 9: Cultural Traditions of the Islands (cc)

This series explores different cultures and fun things about different parts of the world - with one special twist - a concentration on islands. Each program visits one island and viewers learn about the island's culture and habitat through hands-on crafts. It's all about getting to know people of other cultures, not Click for more

11. Tahiti (cc)

11. Tahiti (cc)

Tahiti is one of the 118 islands of French Polynesia. Sometimes people refer to all of French Polynesia as Tahiti, but this is not correct; it is the largest and most populated island, with the unique capital city of Papeete. Tahiti is located about 2700 miles south of Hawaii and 3600 miles east of Australia. French and Tahitian are the official languages here. Artistic and cultural expression can be seen in woodcarving, which is done primarily by men, and weaving of hats, purses, bags and mats from plant fibers of the pandanus, coconut and reed. Other art forms are the Tifaifai, which are hand-sewn bedcovers with plant and cultural themes. Stone carvings are decorative and useful items; also they were once thought to hold spiritual powers, and only trained specialists were allowed to carve them. Another cultural craft tradition is mother of pearl, used for embellishments and jewelry. The four how-to crafts in this program include: Tiki Tapa Bookmark; Monkey Pod Drum; Fish Mobile; Tifaifai. 2007/CC Closed-Captioned PI 30 min.
Also See: French Polynesia 1: Tahiti

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