Chief presents a tabu dance - Maewo island
This photo is a rarity for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I was allowed to take it at all.
All of the chiefs of Koiovo village in central Maewo performed a tabu dance at the end of our stay there. Usually these events are closed to outsiders and photography is strictly prohibited.
I have to confess, though, that the solemnity of the event lost a bit of weight when I saw how this particular amalgamation of island and western styles.