|Without games, toys and electronics, kids find ways to |
play games and have fun. They loved the balls we brought!
|The little ones are not too sure of "white people," but the |
older ones are eager to follow us around and watch us.
Last year we made friends with the
tribe on Avokh and saw a little of their lifestyle. We noted that they are less
developed in the business of tourism than many islands we have visited across
the Pacific. In addition to taking clothing, food, tools and educational
materials to Avokh, we are also documenting ways other islands attach tourists
(i.e. yachties) and glean a few bills from their pockets! There is little in
the way of entrepreneurship here. They believe in the “Cargo Cult” left over
from the wars when the USA left a lot of things behind. Now they truly believe
if they pray for something, it will come from the skies just like all of the
stuff dropped from planes years ago. In a way, we are reinforcing their
thinking by bring stuff for which they pray! Self-motivation does not seem to
be a high priority in success.
|A number of new house are under construction.|
Port Resolution, like many of the villages we have seen, has a market where handmade items and fruits and vegetables are available for purchase. Usually a visit to a village means an audience with the chief along with a gift, a village tour, sometimes a food tasting and almost always a stop at their “market.” This market could be a building or it could be a table or mat on the ground. The villagers hope you will make a purchase – and we always do just to leave a little money in their hands.
|Serah's Café and family|
In addition to a few shells and shell jewelry items for sale, there were carvings, woven baskets, purses and fans, and a limited supply of fruits and vegetables. I am sure in other years the food items would be plentiful and the yachties would buy. We took photos to share with our friends on Avokh as we are encouraging them to find ways to get a little money to purchase the things they need.
|A typical island kitchen: no running water, no fridge!|
Dennis went with Patrick and his
wife to see a garden. The islanders spend the days working in the garden as it
is their main source of food. We might picture a garden as we know it: tilled
soil, neat rows of plants, few weeds as they are pulled when small, a sprinkler
running, etc. Here a garden is plants among the bush! There is no tilling:
there are no rows. The weeds are the jungle and demand daily attention or they
will take over the garden in no time.
|Men fishing in canoes under the direction of someone |
in a tree on the hill using his cell phone to tell them where
he sees the fish! A form of modern technology!
|White Sand Beach; there is also Black Sand Beach in the|
area below Mt. Yasur volcano.
|Inside their new house|
It was very disheartening to see so many of the large old breadfruit and mango trees fallen or broken up as we walked through the villages. It will be a year before they produce fruits. There were no hanks of bananas growing anywhere. Some palms had a few coconuts which provide coconut water for the thirsty. At least, we saw water pumps there in Port Resolution and it looked like they were getting clean water as well as collecting rain water. I wonder what we will find in little Avokh?