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Part I


Nataleria: Welcoming and Sevu Sevu Ceremony

Isoa Kori from the Institute of Applied Science,
our host and teacher for our time in Nataleira.

 

Making Friends in Nataleria

 

 

 

 

 

Seeding clams at nearby Cakau Ni Buli Reef and Moon Reef.

 

 



Makalati was the site of an ancient village and is now the home of a resident pod of spinner dolphins. Approximately 40 dolphins use the reef, typically coming in the morning to rest most of the day and then slowly becoming more social and playful during the afternoon before heading off to deeper waters for foraging. The dolphins are said to entertain the ancestral spirits. Local legend tells us that when you see a light on the reef at night it is to guide the spirit of someone who is about to pass on to the spirit world.

 

 

 

 

Moon Reef (or Makalati, its Fijian name) forms a perfect circle, a nautical mile in diameter and is sacred to the villages that have a cultural and spiritual tie to the reef. When seen from an aerial view with Google Earth, the reef resembles a full moon with a shaded area forming a crescent moon.

 

Giant clams, Tridacna gigas, are essential to the eco-system and are one of the most endangered clams species with its numbers decreasing at an alarming rate. When they mature, they can weigh more than 500 lbs. or 227 kilograms.

 

One of the goals of the Honour Fiji Journey is to convey the importance that these stories that have been passed down from generation to generation are vital to supporting the conservation of the environment. A reef that is sacred to a people is a reef that will be protected.

The local culture embodies practical knowledge of specific bioregions, along with marine management skills that have been passed down for millenniums needed for sustainable living and survival. These bodies of knowledge are always intimately tied to the traditions of the people. To separate them is to lose irreplaceable maps of ecological wisdom.



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