[singlepic id=158 w=350 h=350 float=none]Necklace, Sisi
Whale teeth necklaces were important exchange items. Fijians did not hunt whales so supplies were limited to occasional beached whales and trade with Tongans and Europeans.
Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 2725
Materials originating from the sea figure prominently as markers of status as well as in ceremonial exchanges. The teeth of the sperm whale (Physeter catodon or macrocephalus) continue to be of particular value. Fish and fishing remain very important in the diet and culture of Fijians, especially in coastal regions.