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Kwaio Cultural Performance

By: Madelaine Love, Category: At The Museum, Date: 21 Nov 2017

Members from the Kwaio community in the Solomon Islands have treated Museum visitors to a performance of traditional dance and song. 

Kwaio performance

Kwaio performance
Photographer: Madelaine Love © Australian Museum

Representative from the Kwainaa'isi Cultural Centre are currently visiting the Australian Museum as part of an ongoing partnership to document both traditional and scientific knowledge about plants and animals, improve conservation practices and strengthen Kwaio culture.

The Kwaio people, who live in the interior of the island of Malaita, are renowned for retaining strong kastom (tradition) – lost in most parts of the country because of colonisation and modernisation.

Many Kwaio follow their traditional ancestral religion, engage in a shell money economy, refuse to convert to Christianity and continue to practice many ancient rituals. They therefore retain significant traditional knowledge.

Read more about the Australian Museum's ongoing work in the Solomon Islands here