Share the real Fiji experience

The Qoli Wawa the traditional 100 nights mourning period of the late Tui Nasavusavu features int he Naqaqa Foundaiton short [videos. Picture SUPPLIED

IN an effort to share the real Fiji living experience with the outside world, community centred non-governmental organisation, Naqaqa Foundation has circulated 13 short films on Youtube and Vimeo.The foundation’s executive Max Cross said the films were made for the people of Fiji and for people around the world to learn about Fiji, Fijians, and Fijian culture.

Mr Cross said the videos captured the articulate and informed voices of Savusavu and the surrounding area for posterity, so that future generations could see what life here was like in 2015.

“In 2015, Naqaqa Giving Foundation commissioned US film-maker Gary Yost to document life in Fiji,” he said.

“The result was 13 short films covering wide-ranging subjects, including: the tradition of Qoli Wawa, how song has been used in Fiji to share tradition and our history, a village rugby team, how a family farms together, local singing group, and much more.

“These films have been made available to view for free on YouTube and Vimeo and have had over 500,000 views.

“When Gary Yost was in Savusavu, it coincided with the 100 days after Tui na Savusavu’s death. “

Mr Cross said there was a Qoli Wawa at the end of the 100 day tabu on fishing in Nukubulavu Village.

“Gary was able to capture the traditional fishing practice and the feast that followed. This is a big part of our history,” he said.