Tonga

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Tonga

 

 

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Atata Costumes Countryside Tongan kingdom

 

royal palace

Tonga consists of more than 150 islands spread over approximately 360,000 sq km (approximately 140,000 sq mi) of the Pacific Ocean. They are divided into three main groups—Tongatapu, Ha’apai, and Vava’u. About 40 of the islands are inhabited. With inland waters and several outlying islands, the country has a total land area of 750 sq km (290 sq mi). Tongatapu, with a total area of about 260 sq km (100 sq mi), is the largest island. The eastern islands, including Tongatapu, are coral formations, while islands of volcanic origin lie in the west. The highest point in Tonga is Mount Kao (1,030 m/3,379 ft), a volcano forming Kao Island in the Ha’apai group. Several islands have active volcanoes. Volcanic ash creates fertile soil, and the islands are well-vegetated. However, deforestation, caused by land being cleared for agriculture and settlement, is an increasing problem.

 

Kava ceremony

Photos from the outer island of Atata

Other Photos of Ceremonies and Costumes

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Making of Tapa cloth from tree bark

The Tongan National Center, located in Nukualofa, displays and promotes Tongan culture and art, including Ngatu, a decorative bark cloth made by Tongan women. Tongan artisans also create weavings and wood carvings.

 

Pounding bark to soften and spread.

 

 

Applying pigment

 

Final ornamentation

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typical building

 

site of conference in 1991

Other Photos of the Kingdom of Tonga

Photos from the Tongan Countryside

Atata Costumes Countryside Tongan kingdom

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Other Pacific Islands

In the Pacific are many islands with very diverse peoples and cultures.
  Many have been largely untouched by Western civilization.
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Nauru

 

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