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Modern Arts in the Polynesian Culture

According to a channel guide listed on www.slackware.org, there was an art special on PBS not too long ago covering modern arts in Polynesian culture. Today, I thought we’d spend some time talking about it.

In the centuries since ancient Polynesian seafarers launched their outrigger canoes into the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, their descendants scattered across thousands of islands have developed a unique artistic heritage that continues to the present day. Polynesian art encompasses concepts and designs created well before the arrival of European explorers and colonizers, as well as more recent styles developed with European and global influences.

Perhaps the most well-known examples of pre-European Polynesian art are the massive stone moai statues, which were erected over a period of several hundred years during the middle of the last millennium. Additionally, while modern “tiki” culture is largely considered to be a Western corruption of traditional Polynesian cultural motifs, such as the moai, the stylistic elements are still used by many Polynesian and non-Polynesian artists today. Modern examples of Polynesian art, which you can still witness and experience today include the traditional Polynesian practice of tattooing the skin with ink and sharp objects. This traditional artistic practice began hundreds of years ago as a means to express cultural symbols and values upon the skin of individuals.

While the tools and significance of this traditional practice have changed over the centuries and spread to different cultural groups, it still remains an important aspect of Polynesian art and culture that continues to be influential the world over.

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Top 10 Photographers From The Pacific Islands

The photographers, works and compositions to emerge from the Pacific Islands have been of considerable benefit to the visual arts, and could be a topic well worth exploring for those who have an interest in such matters. Limiting yourself to only the works and artists that can be found closer to home could find you missing out on far more than you might have expected. With plenty of noteworthy and renowned artists and photographers to emerge from this region over Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Artists From The Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands are a sub-region of Oceania including Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. Not a lot of people know where they are, much less that there are so many great artists who trace their ancestry back to them. Here are just ten of the most well-known artists descended from Pacific Islanders.

1. Nichole Scherzinger, best known for being the lead singer of pop group The Pussycat Dolls.
2. Shannyn Sossamon, an actress who got her breakout role as the female lead of A Knight’s Tale.
3. Keanu Reeves, on his father’s Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning About Your Favorite Pacific Island Artist

Did you know that some of the greatest artists in history have come from the Pacific Islands? The land may be famed for its beautiful beaches and welcoming waters, but when it comes to culture, its inhabitants are right up there with the greats of the century.

Fiji, for example, is famous for its art, especially the beautiful and religiously sacred pottery of Kadavu Island. Fiji has also given the world “meke,” a type of dance that can be seen everywhere from street festivals to major sporting events.

You’ll also find music on the Marshall Read the rest of this entry »

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The History Of Amazing Artists In The Pacific Islands

The islands of the Pacific have a rich history of folk art. Many of these artists have gone unsung or unrecognized. Many of them passed away before anyone could record their deeds or their businesses. Even though the recorded history of talented artists from places such as Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines may be short, there is still plenty to celebrate.

Perhaps the first artist that from a Pacific Island that springs to the mind of many people is not someone who painted anything. He did not make any sculptures either. The artist in question is Don Ho. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artists Emerging From The Pacific Islands

Most people know that Russell Crowe, an actor best known for his starring roles in the movie “Gladiator”, and “A Beautiful Mind” is from Australia (his accent gives it away) but what many people don’t know is that he is actually of Maori (aborigines of New Zealand) descent. There are many famous and lesser known talented artists who were either born or grew up in the Pacific Islands. Two other well known actors from the Pacific are Keanu Reeves who is Hawaiian, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who is Samoan. Keisha Castle-Hughes who was the youngest actress to be nominated Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning About Many Artists In The Pacific

The Pacific islands are a large group of islands in the Pacific. They are divided into 3 different regions, which are Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. These islands are home to some great actors, which readers can learn about in this article.

Hawaiian Actors

Although Hawaii is known for its tourism industry, there are also a large number of actors that come from there. Christine Keiko Agena was born in Honolulu and is one of Hawaii’s best actresses. She has played roles in T.V.series and received a Best Female Actor Read the rest of this entry »

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Great Fiji Art Sites

Between all the celeb honeymoons and the Travel Channel on direct tv you may have a slightly skewed view of what Fiji is like. But rest assured it’s not all beaches and sunthere’s a thriving art scene here and many websites actually dedicated to it. Here are a few of our favorites:
OceanaArtsSet.com – This great site has pages for all the Pacific Islands but we love Read the rest of this entry »

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Artists In The Pacific: Both Past and Present

Artists are a unique and special segment of our population. All Throughout history artist have recorded the culture, the thoughts and habits of the region and the times that they lived in. Artists have a voice that speaks volumes and never utters a word but through their visual interpretations we understand. The artists of the pacific past have forged a legacy for the artist of today in that region. Oceanic Art commonly referred to as Pacific Art is clearly important to the Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin on July 18th, 2011 filed in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Greatest Artists From The Pacific

Remembering A Legend
Tupac Shakur was one of the greatest musicians off all-time. He sold over 50 million records throughout his career. With hit singles like “Keep Ya Head Up” and “So Many Tears,” he quickly soared to the top of the charts. The albums “All Eyez On Me” and “Me Against The World” went down in history as the best-selling records of all-time. His legacy still continues today. Fans around the world are inspired by his music. In 2005, a museum in Stone Mountain Georgia was built to honor his life, Read the rest of this entry »

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