[singlepic id=235 w=450 h=250 float=none]Feast preparations
Bundles of taro (dalo in Fijian, Colocasia esculenta) and turtles assembled for a feast. Large roots (waka) of yaqona are visible to the left.
Photographed by J. W. Waters, 1890-1900.
Fiji. Collected by J. Hornell, c. 1939. P.116061.HNL
This installation evokes the range of objects exchanged at solevu. Each exchange involves a different combination of objects, the guests presenting valuables from their own specialised area of production. Central to a solevu are events that cannot be represented here, such as feasts (magiti) and dances (meke) contributing to the celebratory atmosphere.