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The headband called 'Te Itoi' and how to make it (video)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 11, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The headband we are talking about in this article is called ‘Te Itoi’. ‘Itoi’ is a Kiribati word meaning ‘star’. As you see in the picture, this headband assembles the shape of a star - so we guess that’s how the item first got its name. Calling it a garland (apart from headband) is acceptable since the item is meant to be put on a person's head.


The making of this headband is simple and requires little time. The green (or white) leaves of ...

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Bakoa, Teimone and The Crab.

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 9, 2021 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Bakoa (shark) was indeed a wicked king who wanted to rule the entire ocean all by himself. To attain this savage desire, Bakoa began his brutal killings to all the other kings of the sea. He succeeded that in the end, he became one and the only king of the whole sea empire.


Bakoa had a son named Teimone. But the son had to die since the father still wanted nobody to become king after him. On the set day, Bakoa asked his son to go and hunt for dad's favourite food. Teimone did what ...

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Tabaneaki and the request of Baretoa people

Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 11, 2020 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

An old man named Toantemabine, once lived at Baretoa village on the island of Abemama. He was known to possess a rare skill of ‘binekua’. With this skill, a person could call or make the whales swim all the way from the bottom of the ocean to the shore. At the shore, they would be killed; their meat cut up then cooked by the villagers for food.


There came an occasion, when the people of Baretoa experienced an intense food craving for the meat of the whale. Thus, everyon...

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How To Make A Dancing Garland Called Tetai (video)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 18, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Tetai is the name of the garland made primarily for use in traditional dancing. It’s so exceptional in its shape, structure, purpose and of course location on the dancer. It stands out clearly and can be easily identified from the rest of the dance costumes. It’s also hardly left out from the dancer during a formal traditional performance. And if it happens to fall down from the dancer’s head due to vigorous dance movements, it is a practice that someone from the dance group...

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40th National Day Celebration Program

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 5, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

40th NATIONAL DAY

Celebration Program

12th July 2019

Uarokoara nakon te Tabomoa ae Teimatoa”.

“Empowerment towards Sustaining Prosperity

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40th Independence Celebration Program (Week)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 5, 2019 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Date

Day

Time

Events

Venue/Remarks

5th July

Friday

1800

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An interview with two of the survivors of MV Butiraoi

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 25, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The sea disaster MV Butiraoi and its passengers had gone through is one of the worst ocean accidents to have happened in the waters of Kiribati. It indeed had taken the lives of 81 citizens that included olds and children. MV Butiraoi is a 17.5 meters long wooden ferry and prior to the disaster, it had been one of the vessels used for marine transportation within the islands of Kiribati.


The accident occurred on the 18th January, 2018, while the ferry was returning to Tarawa from N...

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Local basket known as bengabenga

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 31, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

There are several different types of baskets that IKiribati can weave from the coconut leaves including bwaabwa, kabiaua, abein, bengabenga and more. This is so since baskets are indeed useful and handy domestic items which we can easily make from plenty of coconut trees growing around us. These baskets differ in their shapes, structures, uses and durability. Further, some are easy to make while others require advanced weavers to make them. Each basket is woven differently therefore if someon...

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Local basket known as 'bwaabwa'

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 22, 2019 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The word ‘bwaabwa’ is the name of a particular type of basket that is woven only from the green leaves of the coconut tree. The basket is rectangular in shape and has a long straight opening at the top. It looks attractive when newly produced since the raw material being used is the living green leaf cut right off the coconut tree. It then gradually loses its smooth greenish colour over time until the basket becomes dry brown. It is also light to carry and place it around the hous...

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Feet forgotten behind

Posted by Amota Eromanga on April 23, 2019 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The trainee had been visiting the home of the missionary for the bible lessons. He usually arrived before 12, then after the lessons with the missionary, he waited for lunch. He then went off after the meal.


The missionary’s wife spoke out, “Did he come here to learn the bible or for the food?”


“Please, stop saying that. Show love and kindness,” missionary replied.


The wife agreed and tried to feel okay. However, the trainee kept ...

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