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Trail  to Fanlan

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Our guide to the ROM Dance

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The village women with their children

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ROM Carvings (Tamtams)

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The banana leaf costumes of the ROM Dancers

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Banana leaves cover the body

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Tamtams in Banyan Tree

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Masks are different for each tribe

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The chief separates from the other dancers

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kids watch the ROM dance

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This is the "Little Namba" tribe

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Elaborate masks

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Man with namba

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The chief wearing his boar's tusks


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Ginny buying tamtam from local carver

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View of anchorage

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House in Fanlan

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Waiting for performance

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Kid with slingshot

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It costs  to a wear a mask

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The dancer must pay to add a color to the mask

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Men wear Nambas (penis sheaths)

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The making of the masks are kept secret (tabu)

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Namba dancer with ROM dancer

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Men pose in traditional costumes

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The craftsmen hope for a sale

 

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Deal made! 3000 vatu, some string and a fish hook