November 8, 2019 Harold Ellis

In the 70s, the proud people of Vanuatu declared their independence, freeing themselves from the yoke of colonialism of nothing more and nothing less than two nations: France and England. However, the independence of Vanuatu was truly unique, since the people kept their original indigenous systems intact, as well as the culture of the natives, which is called “Custom”. At the risk of not doing justice to this complexly rich society, I would like to describe “custom” as a way of life, as well as a special interrelation between the land and the tribes of the region, both beyond the…