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Storytelling at Marae Arahurahu

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Guests streamed up the dirt road and wound through trees and flowers to the site of the performance. The bleachers were almost full when we arrived. Dancers and musicians rushed through their final preparations, and then the scene was set. If this place had a roof, they were about to blow it off.   This […]

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The Heiva festival launches our journey

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The Heiva i Tahiti runs for weeks. It is the largest, splashiest cultural festival in French Polynesia, and people come from all over the archipelagos to attend. It covers sport, handicrafts, and other cultural events, but the big nights are reserved for song and dance. The troupes are huge and they can perform here on […]

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Scouting mission

Approaching Apataki atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

I stood on the deck for a long time last night as we left Pape’ete, Tahiti’s big city. I couldn’t get used to the warm air. After three years visiting the Arctic and Antarctic, I kept waiting for a blast of cold to hit me. I gripped a cardigan thinking that – any minute – […]

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First connection

Dorothy Lubin-Levy at her home in Pape’ete.

I wrote Dorothy Lubin-Levy a month and a half ago on Facebook messenger. I didn’t know her, but I wanted to. She was the first person recommended to me, and she wrote back within a couple of days: “I am very honored to find your message. I am looking forward to have a cup of […]

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The news goes live

Latte with South Pacific brochures

It’s officially official because we are telling everyone about this project, starting this week. The news is out in my newsletter and across social media. Plus we have plane tickets. Most importantly, I have my first connection. For those of you who know my work, you know that I like to start with one connection, […]

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A new chapter

Globe with the South Pacific at front

This is the beginning of something new. I have been working with photographer Eric Guth for three years, but this will be the start of a new collaboration with filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono …

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