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Kaidum making Kava, Lorlow
Skinner-Jones, Ann
Date Created and/or Issued
Summer 1981
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UC San Diego, The UC San Diego Library
Ann Skinner-Jones and Joan Larcom Photographs
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Skinner-Jones, Ann
Kaindum Isno came closer than any other Wintua/Lorlow resident to being a traditional 'bigman'. His opinion shaped those of many others. In the 1970's he was a frequent host to all male beer gatherings on Lamango (beer being prohibited in Wintua since missionization). After independence with the revival of pre-colonial tradition, kava replaced beer at these gatherings. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with entheogen or psychoactive properties that induces a pleasant, sometimes spiritual experience. Mewun like other ni-Vanuatu are proud of being the first Pacific islanders to discover the value of kava.
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Pacific Islands
Wintua (Malekula, Vanuatu)
South West Bay (Malakula, Vanuatu)
Land and Custom Sustained and Revived
Pacific Islands
Wintua (Malekula, Vanuatu)
South West Bay (Malakula, Vanuatu)

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