Maps, scenery, general information
This site provides information on the following
islands: Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, Huahine (no map), Rangiroa (no map),
Manihi (no map), Raiatea-Tahaa (no map), Fakarava Atoll, Marquesas (no
map). There is also a link to a general area map of the five archipelagos.
Bogarty's French Polynesian Paradise: This site is a useful supplement to
the general information and photos of the site listed above (it has maps
of the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, and Bora Bora).
Polynesian islands.com: This site is useful for its maps of Rurutu and
Tubuai (of the Austral Islands).
Photos of Music and Dance from, of, in, or related to French Polynesia:
Hawaiki Nui Na Pua O Ka Honua
Hawaiian Polynesian Revue: This site has links to other sites in addition
to its information on music and dance.
Island Heat II
Pua Tahiti Productions: This organization produces the Tahiti Fete competition in San Jose, California, and Hilo, Hawai'i.
Sites on music and dance traditions:
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.: This site includes a detailed map of the Pacific Islands, an illustration of music making, and three transcribed songs (look under
illustrations for these items).
Encyclopedia Britannica (Oceanic Arts): This site includes links to
Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian music and dance (in addition to
many other aspects of Pacific Islands art).
Some Insights: Chants and Dances: This site includes discussion of
Himene, 'Orero, Ote'a, Aparima, Hivinau, and Pa'o'a.
Tahiti.com: This site has great color pictures of singers and dancers.
Sites where CDs and Videos are sold
Oceane Productions: This site has music samples on-line, and sells cds
Studio Alphonse One of the major recording studios in Tahiti. A listing of CDs issued on Studio Alphonse's Vanfau Records label, with Real Audio sound files, is also available at http://www.tahiti-explorer.com/alphonse.html .
Tahiti Video Techniques
site has samples, information, and pictures of current
Polynesian music CDs available on the web. (You must, however, scroll
down to reach selections of "South Seas/Pacific" music.)
Other Sites of Interest
BYUH [Brigham Young University--Hawaii] Tahitian Language Resources
site: This site has a synopsis of Paul Gaugin's life history, and displays
many of his paintings.
-- Rebecca Schwartz-Bishir