Part 13. Rom dances at North Ambrym.

April 2017 – May 2017


tribe,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Rom dances in the north of Ambrym are considered the most colorful and impressive in Vanuatu. The traditional drums of these tribes are one of the world’s largest musical instruments.



Craig cove,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Ambrim is an island-volcano and therefore there are no white sandy beaches, there are sandy ones – but the sand on them is black.

Craig cove,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

But much more often shore from black volcanic slag.

Ranon, beach bungalows,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

From the airport Craig-Cove was taken a boat to the village Ranon at the north.

wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Agreed to spend the night on the beach near Ranon beach bungalows, it turned out not cheap 2000vuv, moreover, I suspect that the place in the house would not be much more expensive than the place in tent. But the weather is excellent and the tent is somehow more familiar)

wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Here, on the beach, locals are working on a huge souvenirs.

wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

These are souvenirs that resemble huge slot gongs (Slit Gong, Atingting kon) – one of the world’s largest musical instruments.

Drum,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Such figures were carved in local tribes from large trees.

Slit Gong,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

In the front part of the figure there is a longitudinal slit.

Atingting kon,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Through it, the tree was made hollow.

souvenir,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

When a wooden stick strikes such a figure, it produces a hollow and deaf, but very loud and incomparable sound.

Drum,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Thus the leaders of the tribes called people if necessary.

traditional work,wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Now such figures are one of the most popular souvenirs from Vanuatu.

village,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Agreed with the leader of the village Fanla to see the rom dances) Every leader has a mobile phone, though there is no electricity on the island.

carving, totem,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
banyan tree,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
On Vanuatu only on 3 islands of 88 have electricity and roads with a coverage, and even on these islands not everywhere.

village, houses,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

On other islands, people are using generators, which are usually in hotels, and solar panels.

village houses,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

While talking about organizing dances we were offered a track to the village for 2500vuv in each direction. The distance is about 2.5km.

boy, village,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

The transfer gets more expensive than a taxi in Munich … the road htere is certainly also not German, but we did not dare to give the dollar for 100 meters and went by foot.

village, houses,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

On the way we met a local who was going there.

village, house,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

With his help, even drove up a bit on the passing car, cut off the path, tested a very delicious papaya straight from the tree) On the way back he persistently tried to sell us a big and heavy mask, but it was not a solution to bring the mask up to the volcano, had to simply give him 200vuv.

village, house,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

The village is inhabited by 200 people.

Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Some of people, who traveled to the capital and lived for some time in other places, building houses from concrete.

tradition,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

In these places there are malarial mosquitoes and the leader has antimalarial pills)

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
In the beginning we had a small tour through the village.

dancers,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

This tribe in the village Fanla is known for the best Rom dances and the best costumes.

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
man dance,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Judging by the reports and photos, the number of dancers is always different, but the faces are recognizable)

ceremony,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Only men are dancing.

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Women are not even allowed to watch.

traditional dance,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Of course, for tourists there is an exception. Of course, for such money)

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Dances cost 5000vuv per person.

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Songs consist mainly of ears and howls.

local traditions,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Dances from stomping.

 local dances,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
 traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
They howl loudly, stomping strongly – the earth is shaking.

traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional costume,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
The performance lasts about 15 minutes and consists of 3 songs-dances.

traditional dance,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

After you can take a picture with the dancers, but not to close to them)

photo with dancers,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
photo with locals,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
There are wooden statues around the dance place.

local dancer,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
national close,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
After the dance, of course, we are offered to buy souvenirs.

traditional music,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
drum,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Souvenirs here usually wooden figurines and masks.

statues,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
traditional symbols,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Some statues around the dance place bear more decorative meaning, some are real musical instruments.

traditional carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
For different statues-drums, the sticks are also different.

wood carving,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
world biggest musical instrument,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
The sound is very unusual.

musical instrument,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
statue,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Of course it is not cheap and it’s a frank theater for tourists, but still authentic and unusual)

children,Rom dances ,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Now there is a feeling that it is how they lived really recently, but civilization is coming)

sunset,Rom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym, Vanuatu

Hotel:
We spent the night in a tent on the beach Ranon beach bungalows – 2000vuv. Not cheap, but with shower and toilet.

Moving:
Boat Craig-Cove – Ranon – 12000vuv.
To the village of Fanla we were offered a track 2.5 km – 2500vuv, but we decided to walk.

Rom Dances – 5000vuv per person.
Souvenirs – 2000vuv.
“Tipping” the local – 200vuv.

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the northern island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. VanuatuRom dances,Fanla, north Ambrym, Ambrym.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.
Part 12. About airplanes.
Part 13. Rom dances at North Ambrym.

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