Traditional Marquesas Island Tattoo Designs Incorporating Tribal Symbols
Double-hulled voyaging canoe of the Marquesas Islands
A painting by Herb Kawainui Kane
Courtesy of Herbert K. Kane, LLC
Preparations for a voyage of discovery
Chief who wakes up [for] war
Thunderstorm over a sea at high tide…
Chief buries war beneath many mists
The cave where the war-god, Tu, makes peace
Tana’oa, what may bring you back, bring you back?
May the northeast wind blow gently.
Come hither, come this long distance,
As [surely as] the growing of coconuts,
Swing your gentle winds!
Like the petalling of handsome flowers,
Murmuring a prayer in the forest,
(From Chants and Love Songs of the Marquesas Islands, French Oceania, 1941, by Samuel H. Elbert in “The Journal of the Polynesian Society”, Volume 50, No. 198, pages 56, 62-63)
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