Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 3 Nov 2015 23:57
We Scramble to Visit Chief Mede
This looks like fun.
A bit closer, Donald told us we were heading top left. Rightee-oh then.
I get the best veiw, oh give me a break. Onward and upward.
And there I was with Bear just behind me.
I told Donald that the locals would have had a hard job getting me up here. Needless to say an exchange followed that didn’t meet with my approval – Donald got the ‘stop a speeding train look’ through narrowed eyes. He laughed when I told him he was not too big to go across me knee and he had the grace to lean back when threatened, this would be sorted at ground level..............back to the business at hand.
Chief Mede, two of his wives and important family members. These are direct ancestors of Chief Jason and he comes here when he needs help with big issues in the village, finding a bumper yield of lobster or crabs, crop survival to harvest and for strength to do his duties well.
We were both amazed and humbled to be allowed this visit.
We were impressed by the good condition of the teeth, not a cavity in sight.
We had a good look at the skulls and could see evidence of arthritis and wear in some of the long bones.
We began our descent and saw the track back – did we ???
All we can say is a huge thank you for the strength of this banyan tree and her incredible roots.
We set off for the village. What a lovely setting.
It was a bit of a wet ride back to the village but the water was a lovely blue.
I loved the rock in the middle of the picture, I saw a face and a great hair do.
As we approached the entrance to the river Donald pointed away to our right, toward the left of the picture, beyond the first row of bushes is the village cemetery – on tomorrows list. Tired and very thirsty, Donald invited us for kaikai, with Lota and the children I requested. It is customary for guests to sit at table, alone to eat, the family eating later. I asked if we could be together, a good compromise is us at the table and the family on the benches or floor. That brought another huge smile, Donald liked that idea very much.
ALL IN ALL A UNIQUE WAY TO PAY MY RESPECTS
I FELT VERY HONOURED TO BE INVITED INTO THE LOCAL CULTURE