Dance of Rotuma


Dance of Rotuma

Rotuman dance refers to the traditional and modern dance styles used by the people of the island of Rotuma, an island that became a dependency of Fiji in 1881. Despite Rotuma's political and historical links with Fiji, the island's culture shows strong Polynesian influences, particularly from Samoa and Tonga, which, with Fiji, feature strongly in the history and traditions of the Rotuman people.

Situated approximately 465 kilometres north of Fiji, Rotuma's relatively remote position ensures that the island still maintains major linguistic, historical and cultural distinctions from its neighbours. However, the main styles of Rotuman dance, the Tautoga, the Mak Sa'moa and the Mak Rarotoga, show clearer influence from neighbouring cultures than most facets of the culture.

ee also

*Fara (Rotuman festivity)


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