Who first discovered Tahiti?

Who first discovered Tahiti?

Captain Samuel Wallis
Captain Samuel Wallis was the first documented explorer to discover the island of Tahiti. He anchored the British vessel HMS Dolphin in Matavai Bay on June 23, 1767, and claimed the island in the name of King George III.

What are Tahitians known for?

Tahitians are considered to be some of the most genuinely friendly and kind people of the world. But, Tahitians are also known for being a little shy as well. Visitors are encouraged to offer the first smile or Ia ora na (hello) when arriving at Tahiti, and you will be quickly met with warm and welcoming hospitality.

Where did the Tahitians originate from?

The Tahitians, (Tahitian: Mā’ohi; French: Tahitiens) are the Indigenous Polynesian people of Tahiti and thirteen other Society Islands in French Polynesia, as well as the modern population of these lands of multiracial, primarily Polynesian-French, ancestry (French: demis).

Is Moana from Tahiti?

Although Moana is from the fictional island Motunui some 3,000 years ago, the story and culture of Moana is based on the very real heritage and history of Polynesian islands such as Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, and Tahiti. In fact, once you start looking for ties to Polynesian culture in Moana, it’s hard to stop!

Is Tahiti rich or poor?

Despites high levels of income for parts of the population, some 55,000 persons live in poverty. [PIR editor’s note: According to a 2007 census, Tahiti had a population of 178,133.] The top 20 percent of French Polynesian households get almost half of the territory’s total income, the report shows.

Can you drink the water in Tahiti?

Drinking water: You can drink tap water in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora and in all the international resorts. In some atolls, tap water may taste slightly salty, which is not necessarily a sign that water is not drinkable.

Where does the history of Tahiti come from?

Modern day Tahitians trace their rich cultural heritage back to their Maohi ancestors, the Hui Arii.

Who are the three women writers of Tahiti?

Three women writers – Michou Chaze, Chantal Spitz and Vaitiare explore the problems of Tahitian identification in contemporary French Polynesia. Tahitian peasants and workers call themselves the ‘true Tahitians’ ( Ta’ata Tahiti Mau) to distinguish from part-Europeans ( Ta’ata ‘afa Popa’a ).

What kind of religion did the Tahitians have?

In the 1820s Protestantism became the main religion on Tahiti. The European ships brought such diseases for which Tahitians had little or no immunity, such as dysentery, smallpox, scarlet fever, typhoid fever, venereal disease and tuberculosis.

What was the purpose of Art in Tahiti?

As in many parts of Polynesia, Tahitian art served two primary functions—to honor and communicate with the diversity of gods, spirits, and ancestors of Tahitian religion and to adorn the bodies of chiefs, warriors, and other high-ranking individuals.