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Ua Pou, the group' s youngest geological island, has a particularly distinctive outlines. The twelve solid pillars of phonolith (a kind of vulcanic stone) give the island a magnificent façade like in a bareboat cloister. There is a mountain crest that runs through the island from west to west, the highest summit is the Oava, which is the highest in the island at 1,232 metres.
Some of the oldest archaeological remains on the island date back to around 200 BC and were found by archeologist Pierre Ottino. This date is the same as the date when the first Polynesians made their hikes from Southeast Asia to the Polynesia isles.
The" good morals" they wanted to impose on the natives forbade them many different ways of expressing themselves culturally. The Marquesans were both devastated humanely and culturally, and it took a long while for them to heal. Today Ua Pou has the highest densities of 2,300 people.
The visitor meets a vibrant and particularly warm-hearted nation, proud of its origins and its own civilization, as well as the Marquesas civilization as a whole. In order to comprehend the importance of founding this group, remember that until 1870 all expressions of civilization were banned by missionsaries.
Martesan speech, ink, dance and even perfumes were outlawed. The time of colonisation, during which the Marquesans were urged to accept the outsider civilization, touched their souls. In the early 80s, a hundred years later, after so many years of devaluation and associated debt, a real rebirth of civilization began throughout Polynesia.
Before the Marquesas were affected, however, this upswing was already under way in Tahiti. In the Marquesas, "Tahitian" civilization made a return, but what about the Marquesan tongue, the lieder and the music? On these distant isles these ancient customs have been shining for hundreds of years and have now been superseded by those from Tahiti.
He didn't know exactly where to start, but he started to revitalize his people. So in the 80s the club infiltrated and won over all the Marquesas isles. This finally resulted in 1987 in the first Marquesan Arts Festival on Ua Pou.
The Marquesas Motu Haka, satellites of Te Motu Haka Ote Henua Enana, founded in 1991 to give each island a certain degree of independence. Now and in the years to come, these smaller groups are studying and developing the Marquesan tradition. "Any part of our civilization that can be rescued should be saved," he says.
One of the highest residences of the Marquesan civilization and one of the wealthiest civilisations in the South Pacific. Etienne Marchand, the Capitan of France, arrived on the island in June 1791 and immediately demanded it in the name of King Louis XVI. Ua Potou was the first Marquesan area occupied by the people of France, fifty years before the formal annexation of the whole island in 1840.
Furthermore, the island had little sandal wood, which was in great demand at the end of the nineteenth and was much more common on the area. It was also characterised by a singular system of governance; only one chieftain, Heato, governed the island.
Ua Pou was without question one of the main points of the Marquesa culture revival, which began in the early 1980s, among the Marquesas-Archipels. The first Marquesan Arts Festival was also held in Ua Pou in 1987, an occasion that made a major contribution to the culture and has since become its main organ.
The four-yearly event takes place on one of the four most populous Marquesas island and gathers together the delegation from the whole island but also from other Fr. of the Polynesia Delta like Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island. The Marquesan Arts is one of the most prestigious South Pacific arts events with over 1,800 people.
Both the attendees and the guests are happy viewers of a whole host of different arts and crafts such as dancing, song and sport. 20 years after the first edition of the Ua Pou has returned to its origins and held the event again in December 2007. Te Motu Haka Ote Henua Enana (the meeting of the Marquesans to preserve their culture) is at the centre of the year.
The works created and created by Marquesan artisans are excellent expressions of the Marquesan cultural integration of the religious world and reflect the island's art. You can hear the sound of piano and soprano in the distant village centre where a group is practicing their songs and dances for the Mini Arts Festival in Tahuata.
To some of the Marquesans who had become Catholics, these old icons were nothing more than goods with which they could earn a little extra moneys. From Hakahau we take 4X4 to Hohoi on the island's eastern shore. There are also many archeological places along the roads.
Those places were witnesses of old days, of which we unfortunately know little today. In the end, it is not the quest for the truths behind these traces that has become important, but how they can help us to communicate with the past, the islanders' forefathers, and to help humans better choose their way into the ancestry.
At Hohoi Strand, if you look carefully, you will find the island's renowned blooming cliffs, which are highly appreciated by carvers. Hakahani Bay is located between the island's airfield and the western Hakahetau town. With the Motu Haka Association, the bishop, who was one of the major protagonists of the Marquesan culture scene, is now in retirement.
Ua Pou is an unusual island with dramatic volcano tops rising over 1,000 metres above the Pacific Ocean and steep gorges with ancients. Visiting Ua Pou means visiting the Marquesas' souls. Explore this memorable traveler' s paradise.