Dances from the South Pacific for children
from the age of 8 upward.
The publisher, Mundo Étnico Foundation is a Dutch non profit organization studying and promoting traditional, contemporary and developing Pacific cultures by means of book and CD publications, workshops, seminars and educational programmes at primary schools. All programmes and publications are the result of field work research trips to the islands by Ad and Lucia Linkels, which altogether lasted about five years. This DVD and book series includes old and modern hula dances from Hawaii, 'otea and 'aparima dances from Tahiti, action songs and haka from New Zealand, graceful dances and war dances from Samoa, ma'ulu'ulu and tau'olunga dances from Tonga, dances from the various Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian peoples of Fiji, as well as dances from smaller and less well-known countries such as Tuvalu, Niue, and Tokelau. Included are simple dances for young children, complex dances for older children and adults, and many in between. There are sitting dances, standing dances, and stepping dances, most of them with the important story-telling hand movements that are a main feature of Pacific dancing.