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Where is the Ni-Vanuatu Girl?

 

Where is the Ni-Vanuatu girl?
Sitting near granny
listening to dekudekuni
weaving baskets and mats

Where is the Ni-Vanuatu girl?
Holding the coconut broom
sweeping the floor
touching the dirt with bare hands

Where is the Ni-Vanuatu girl?
Tendering the garden all day long
grating the coconut
cooking the simbora

Where is the Ni-Vanuatu girl?
Playing the kurukuru duele
singing tutu tutu gwao
sitting quietly on a mat

(2004)

 

dekudekuni – custom stories
kurukuru duele and tutu-tutu gwao – custom games

 


Carol Aru

Carol Aru