Artists of Fatu Hiva

A few decades ago, the revival of Marquesan arts and culture began.

Several artisans we met had gone to a school in Hiva Oa (the capital of the southern Marquesas) to “re-learn” the forgotten arts of wood etching, bone carving, and tapa cloth creation.

Now nearly everyone in Fatu Hiva makes art. They sell to the cargo ship that brings tourists every two weeks; or direct to souvenir markets in Tahiti; or to the sailboats that visit the island – such as Spencer, who purchased a tapa of a Polynesia paddle from this friendly guy.