Making kava kastom style

At the end of a project conference, I asked some friends of mine from the northern Banks Islands group to perform a kastom dance for the attendees, and to make kava for us.

Kava for commercial consumption is generally washed in a cement mixer and passed through a sausage grinder before being sieved through a woman's slip. The kastom method, on the other hand, consists of grinding the kava with a decidedly phallic-looking coral stone, then straining it several times through a filter made of coocnut fibre.

March, 2005


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