Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Take the Tour

Our friend Heather - long-time blog reader / indefatigable blog commenter / first reader of unpublished sailing narratives - recently had a good idea for the blog.  I see a bit of art on the bulkheads, she said.  How about a tour?

So here it is, the Galactic visual arts tour.

First, the best - our two tapas from Futuna:

 Tapa is one of the core traditions of Polynesian and Melanesian culture.  As far as we can tell, Futuna is known for the standard of its tapa making.  We found a great collective of women making and selling the stuff there:

(Note to the yachties coming after us - tapa might seem like a much better souvenir a few years after the fact than will that Polynesian tattoo on your ankle.)

OK, next on the tour - this shell and grass fan, a gift to Alisa from Matasa, on Penrhyn, in the Cook Islands.

Our great mates on Pacific Bliss wrote about Penrhyn so well - check out all three of their posts about the place.  Reading them, just now, I'm seized by the desire to go back...

And finally, in the traditional Pacific arts department, there's this tiki from Fatu Hiva:

Hey, if you're reading this with the idea of sailing to the Marquesas next year, do yourself a favor - ignore the rules and go to Fatu Hiva first, even though it's not a port of entry.  A finer landfall in all the world cannot be imagined.

(And, as a perfect metaphor for cultural disassociation, I can't do better than the image of Jacques, the carver of this tiki, who I believe took the pattern from a volume on the ethnography of the Marquesas.)

And well, there's more, of course, but brevity is the saving grace of any tour.

But before I close, I'll note that we make room in our collection for the odd Impressionist:

 And of course lots and lots of prelapsarian works that seem to speak of a happy childhood:


Along those lines (sort of), I'll mention that Elias' reading ability has recently hit the stage of exponential increase.  Not to be too precious about it, but I think that if you're one of those people for whom books have been at the very center of things at some point or another, watching your child step into the world of the written word is a wholly uncomplicated joy.

Take a look at this scene from yesterday - doesn't this look like a happy fatherhood?


  1. Kids on boats usually always end up years ahead in their reading ages, especially the boys. Our 3 boys can still read a book for hours on end, having had books and no tv (and only Super Ninendo) through their primary school years.

    1. yeah, it makes you realize how much our expectations are set by environment...

  2. ah hah! the art tour! thank you!
    that painting by Elias should go in a frame,
    too, it is wonderful.
    Yes, I have that same feeling when our
    children learned to read - it is astonishing!
    It astounds me more than
    talking or walking or
    anything else up to this point.
    It is miraculous.

    Election day is upon us here in the states,
    every day ticks down to a new four year chapter -
    I can hardly stand the wait,
    it is a sickening wait.
    I am so left this year
    I can hardly stand myself.

    1. Hey Heather, glad you liked the art tour.

      Funny you mention the election, I just now cast my ballot...