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Tanna - Yakel Kastom Village

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Together with Yasur Volcano, a visit to one of the Yakel kastom (custom) villages is a highlight of Tanna
Together with Yasur Volcano, a visit to one of the Yakel kastom (custom) villages is a highlight of Tanna
Village Green of a small settlement of inland Tanna
"Village Green" of a small settlement of inland Tanna
Tanna man up on a banyan tree
Tanna man up on a banyan tree
Banyan Tree, Tanna
Banyan Tree, Tanna
Welcome to Black Rooster Field, Tanna
Welcome to Black Rooster Field, Tanna
Vanuatu election poster, 2012 - Ail-Atu Pipols Asosiasen
Vanuatu election poster, 2012 - Ail-Atu Pipols Asosiasen
Shelter at the base of a banyan tree
Shelter at the base of a banyan tree
Twisted trunk and vines
Twisted trunk and vines
Tanna Evergreen Resort visits the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, part of the Yakel tribe
Tanna Evergreen Resort visits the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, part of the Yakel tribe
Our guide for the Yakel village
Our guide for the Yakel village
A traditional hut, Yakel village
A traditional hut, Yakel village
The guide explains some of the native crops
The guide explains some of the native crops
Tanna coffee
Tanna coffee
Taro, a common staple throughout the Pacific islands
Taro, a common staple throughout the Pacific islands
Taro patch
Taro patch
Yakel tribe, Tanna - mother with 4 young children
Yakel tribe, Tanna - mother with 4 young children
We are invited into a kitchen hut to sample some native food
We are invited into a kitchen hut to sample some native food
Preparation of traditional food in a Yakel village, Tanna
Preparation of traditional food in a Yakel village, Tanna
Cooking the meal on hot coals covered with banana leaf
Cooking the meal on hot coals covered with banana leaf
One of the older women of the Yakel tribe preparing traditional food
One of the older women of the Yakel tribe preparing traditional food
I can't say it was particularly tasty
I can't say it was particularly tasty
At 3 or 4, Yakel boys start wearing the namba
At 3 or 4, Yakel boys start wearing the namba
Yakel boy wearing a mamba
Yakel boy wearing a mamba
Yakel girls in grass skirts
Yakel girls in grass skirts
Yakel mother with a baby
Yakel mother with a baby
The Yakel build storage huts on short stilts
The Yakel build storage huts on short stilts
Girls of the Yakel tribe demonstrate one of their games
Girls of the Yakel tribe demonstrate one of their games
Yakel girls playing, Tanna
Yakel girls playing, Tanna
Yakel girl wearing a flower and an odd stamp
Yakel girl wearing a flower and an odd stamp
Yakel girl, Louinio Village
Yakel girl, Louinio Village
Baby boy, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Baby boy, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Yakel girl in a grass skirt, Tanna
Yakel girl in a grass skirt, Tanna
Some Yakel women wear a top but most don't bother
Some Yakel women wear a "top" but most don't bother
Yakel girls, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
Yakel girls, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
Young Yakel woman wearing orange face paint
Young Yakel woman wearing orange face paint
Yakel children, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel children, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Yakel tribe, Tanna
Raised hut, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
Raised hut, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
Raised hut, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
Raised hut, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village
A young Yakel boy playing with a girl
A young Yakel boy playing with a girl
Yakel boy, Tanna
Yakel boy, Tanna
Pig pen, Yakel village
Pig pen, Yakel village
After visiting with the women and children, we move to the men's part of the village
After visiting with the women and children, we move to the men's part of the village
Yakel elder with one of the boys
Yakel elder with one of the boys
The elderly Yakel chief of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
The elderly Yakel chief of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Girls hoping we'll buy some of the handicrafts produced by the village
Girls hoping we'll buy some of the handicrafts produced by the village
Yakel tribal handicrafts including outrigger canoes, jewellery, axes, tusks and shells
Yakel tribal handicrafts including outrigger canoes, jewellery, axes, tusks and shells
The namba worn by men of the Yakel tribe on Tanna
The namba worn by men of the Yakel tribe on Tanna
The men of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
The men of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel man wearing a namba, Tanna
Yakel man wearing a namba, Tanna
Yakel man demonstrates how they make fire without matches, Tanna
Yakel man demonstrates how they make fire without matches, Tanna
A demonstration for us, making fire
A demonstration for us, making fire
Tribal idol, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Tribal idol, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel boy with a pipe, Tanna
Yakel boy with a pipe, Tanna
Blowing on the pipe to get the smoke going
Blowing on the pipe to get the smoke going
Yakel boy with a pipe, Tanna
Yakel boy with a pipe, Tanna
The boy places the lit pipe in the mouth of the village idol
The boy places the lit pipe in the mouth of the village idol
Yakel village idol with pipe, Tanna
Yakel village idol with pipe, Tanna
Yakel chief, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel chief, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel men wearing mambas, Tanna
Yakel men wearing mambas, Tanna
Yakel men seem to like fidgeting with their nambas
Yakel men seem to like fidgeting with their nambas
Men of the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Men of the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Namba man - Yakel tribe, Tanna
Namba man - Yakel tribe, Tanna
They're used to visitors
They're used to visitors
The Yakel men gather for a dance demonstration
The Yakel men gather for a dance demonstration
Yakel men and boys dance, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel men and boys dance, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
A little action between two boys on the side
A little action between two boys on the side
Yakel village, Tanna
Yakel village, Tanna
Now a dance with the whole village
Now a dance with the whole village
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Traditional Yakel tribe dance demonstration, Tanna
Yakel teen, Tanna
Yakel teen, Tanna
Yakel tribe, Tanna
Yakel tribe, Tanna
A burst of laughter
A burst of laughter
Yakel tribe, Tanna
Yakel tribe, Tanna
Good looking young man of the Yakel tribe, Tanna
Good looking young man of the Yakel tribe, Tanna
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Yakel men and boys
Yakel men and boys
Oops...someone lost their namba
Oops...someone lost their namba
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Yakel tribal dance, Tanna
Tribal dance at the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Tribal dance at the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Most of the villagers here are very enthusiastic
Most of the villagers here are very enthusiastic
...except this guy who didn't seem very thrilled with the family business
...except this guy who didn't seem very thrilled with the family business
Yakel man wearing a low-riding namba, Tanna
Yakel man wearing a low-riding namba, Tanna
The Yakel re-segrigate to relax by the men's hut after the dancing
The Yakel re-segrigate to relax by the men's hut after the dancing
Yakel girls, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel girls, Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Not everyday you get a photo op like this
Not everyday you get a photo op like this
Me with the men and boys of the Yakel tribe
Me with the men and boys of the Yakel tribe
Spot the joker and the sourpuss
Spot the joker and the sourpuss
Visit to the Yakel tribe of Tanna
Visit to the Yakel tribe of Tanna
I should have gone native :)
I should have "gone native" :)
Vanuatu village people, Tanna
Vanuatu village people, Tanna
One of the other guests goes for her memorable photos (we were only 3 tourists)
One of the other guests goes for her memorable photos (we were only 3 tourists)
Yakel village, Vanuatu
Yakel village, Vanuatu
Yakel men of the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
Yakel men of the Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
The namba on Tanna is very different from the penis sheath used on Malakula in the north of Vanuatu
The namba on Tanna is very different from the penis sheath used on Malakula in the north of Vanuatu
Yakel village, Tanna
Yakel village, Tanna
Close up view of a Yakel man's namba
Close up view of a Yakel man's namba
I'm not sure how many villages are open to tourists, probably several
I'm not sure how many villages are open to tourists, probably several
A hug from the elderly Yakel chief of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
A hug from the elderly Yakel chief of Louinio Nambas Kastom Village, Tanna
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VanuatuOct12 0839.jpg
The guys playing around, Yakel village, Tanna
The guys playing around, Yakel village, Tanna
It's not like they can put their hands in their pockets
It's not like they can put their hands in their pockets
Yakel guys with the village icon, Tanna
Yakel guys with the village icon, Tanna
Yakel guys with the village icon, Tanna
Yakel guys with the village icon, Tanna
Young Yakel men posing with the village icon
Young Yakel men posing with the village icon
Young Yakel men posing with the village icon
Young Yakel men posing with the village icon
Tourist at the Yakel village, Tanna
Tourist at the Yakel village, Tanna
I wonder how many tourists try the native dress
I wonder how many tourists try the native dress
Yakel village, Tanna
Yakel village, Tanna
Men's hut, Yakel village, Tanna
Men's hut, Yakel village, Tanna
Time to go and let them resume their lives
Time to go and let them resume their lives
On the way back down from the interior, we stop at a giant banyan tree
On the way back down from the interior, we stop at a giant banyan tree
These trees are just amazing
These trees are just amazing
Tanna banyan tree, Vanuatu
Tanna banyan tree, Vanuatu
The only two-level hut I spotted
The only two-level hut I spotted
Clearing beneath the banyan trees
Clearing beneath the banyan trees
Treehouse, Tanna, Vanuatu
Treehouse, Tanna, Vanuatu
After the Yakel village, we stopped at another tourism project, a small botanical garden
After the Yakel village, we stopped at another tourism project, a small botanical garden
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
The guide tells us some of the legends of Tanna
The guide tells us some of the legends of Tanna
Painting depicting on of the legends of Tanna, Vanuatu
Painting depicting on of the legends of Tanna, Vanuatu
One of the panels has a rather modern looking boat
One of the panels has a rather modern looking boat
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Botanical garden, Tanna
Pig pen at the Botanical Garden
Pig pen at the Botanical Garden
For sale back at the lodge (and at the airport), a DVD documentary on the Yakel tribe
For sale back at the lodge (and at the airport), a DVD documentary on the Yakel tribe
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