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How To Make A Garland Known as Itera

Posted by Amota Eromanga on April 12, 2019 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The word ‘itera’ is the local name for the special type of flower garland that consists of two layers. The top layer is made of green plant leaves while the bottom layer has colored flowers. The core use of this particular type of garland is for decorating and making a person look decent during formal and informal social gatherings. It has been an important device and its presence seems to not only for expressing the beauty and excitement but also for signifying the honour and imp...

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Making Te Ano (ball) Using Coconut Leaflets

Posted by Amota Eromanga on March 12, 2019 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Before the arrival of foreign items into Kiribati, we had our own traditional ball which we could make from the leaves of the coconut or pandanus trees. Using dry pandanus leaves instead of coconut leaflets will end up with a larger ball because pandanus leaves are longer and wider. We could make either a small or bigger one depending on the size preferences. If we prefer a bigger ball, then it’s important to use more leaflets. The more leaflets used in weaving, the bigger the final bal...

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Becoming a woman

Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 19, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Taatita was a twelve year old girl who lived with her parents and grandparents on Tarawa. When the time came to celebrate the fact that Taatita was a young woman instead of a little girl, she stayed inside a hut with her grandmother for three days.

She was given a special diet by her grandmother. This was to teach her how to control and spend her family resources wisely in the future. Her grandmother gave her dried coconut to eat and water to drink in small amounts. She was no...

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How to make a toy windmill from coconut leaflet

Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Has your kid ever asked you to make him/her a toy windmill from the coconut leaflet? If yes but you apologized for not knowing how to, then this article is for you. It’s a guide in making this peculiar toy and I’d say that the steps provided below are simple and easy to follow. I suggest you have the leaflet in your hands so you build one as you read down the steps.

Kids really love playing with this kind of toy - it’s fun and enjoyable especially on the beac...

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How to make coconut wine

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 22, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Coconut wine is actually fermented liquor that could only be obtained from the juice of the coconut flowers. The juice is specifically called toddy. Fresh toddy is sweet and tasty before it is turned into wine. Once it has become wine, then it tastes sour much like any other alcoholic drinks. 

We will now discuss two methods of making coconut wine our Kiribati wine makers usually carry out!

Method One

Things needed:

i. todd...

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How to make a coconut cup

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 21, 2013 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

What we are discussing this time is how to make a cup out of the coconut. Wait! Why using coconut cups when there are plenty of other types of cups? Well - they are a lot cheaper, durable and very easy as well as fun to make. Above all, using them at home makes you and your family look traditional and tropical :-)

Just follow the 8 steps below and you will end up with a nice coconut cup that is best for holding both hot and cold drinks. Refer to the images provided below the a...

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How to make a coconut hand broom

Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Many homes in Kiribati have coconut hand brooms! Why? It’s simply because the item is very useful for keeping the inside of the houses clean as well as removing dust and dirt. Other uses of this broom (apart from sweeping) includes chasing off insects, selling, reaching and dragging far objects, decorations and can sometimes be used for whipping naughty kids at home :-)

Before we jump into the process of making this special type of broom, you may wonder why it is being c...

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How to extract coconut cream

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Coconut cream is a milky liquid obtained from compressing (squeezing and twisting) grated meat of a mature coconut. Instantly on its own, it is pure, concentrated, thicker than normal liquid and milky in color. It is among very useful ingredients commonly used in cooking foods. It can also be turned into other utile products mainly oil for body and hair, cooking and lubrication.

Kiribati people often cook and/or add this cream to their local foods. It’s primarily bec...

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Coconut tree

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tree

The coconut tree is known to be growing well in the tropical islands of the Pacific. Here in Kiribati, they do grow well and are indeed making the islands easier to being spotted and seen away in the horizon. Without these trees, no doubt, the islands of Kiribati - which are no more than two meters above sea level – won’t be seen so easily from the distance. In fact and as many may not aware of, the leaves of the coconut wave the first welcome as well as the last...

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Taboo - Disturbing canoe props

Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

'Taboo' is known to be something culturally forbidden to either say, use or do. Kiribati has unique taboos which people likely begin learning from their early ages.

The particular taboo discussed here is one that prohibits I-Kiribati from touching or moving the props of a fishing canoe while its owner is away fishing in the ocean. Props are indeed wood or other similar materials used to comfortably rest the bottom part of the canoe when it is on land. The Kiribati word for th...

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