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Photograph (black and white); a row of women sitting leaning their head onto the ground in front of them whilst performing a Te Kaiomau (ceremonial dance); one man is walking behind the row of women, also performing, and a second man is sitting behind one of the women; the performers are wearing plant fibre skirts, plant fibre and or beaded necklaces; a crowd of spectators standing and sitting on the ground in the background; Bairiki, Kiribati.
Gelatin silver print
- 25th March 1959
- Photographed in: Bairiki
- Height: 12.7 centimetres
- Width: 17.7 centimetres
Inscription Positionback of image
Inscription Commenthandwritten in black ink on yellow label
Context: This image was photographed between 2100-2300 hrs (see PicDoc 259). Te Kaiomau means "the shaking of the head to dry the hair" but the words of the song, except for the last line, have no significance that can now be discovered. It is an old song from Beru and Nikunau in the Southern Gilberts, but is here performed by women from those islands now resident on Tarawa.
Lyrics of the Song:
We are rolling the Eurpoean canoe - the one with the chimney
Steer and press and paddle it
Paddle, paddle, paddle it.
Steer and press and hold it
Wind blow, wind blow and hold it,
Shake, shake, shake.
- Topographic representation of: Bairiki
The British Museum made photographic prints from original negatives in Mr T Atkinson's collection. The images depict HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's state visit to Kiribati (Gilbert and Ellice Islands) from 25th March - 5th April 1959. The BM has assigned copyright of these images.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- 35 (BM photographic series number)
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Object reference number: EPF103789
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