Story: Fijians

A kava ceremony

A kava ceremony

When a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Heart of Fiji’ was held in 1993 at The National Library of New Zealand, this kava ceremony was part of the opening celebrations. The ritual drinking of kava often takes place on significant occasions, and is accompanied by hand-clapping and traditional chants.

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National Library of New Zealand
Reference: Kava Ceremony at the exhibition opening of 'Heart of Fiji: Photographs by Arthur Hocart 1909–1914', 20 March 1993.
Photograph by Lorraine Tarrant

Permission of the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jacqueline Leckie, 'Fijians - Fijian culture in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/837/a-kava-ceremony (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Jacqueline Leckie, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015