Heiva Practice, Raietea

A National festival of dance and song.  Different localities get their drummers together and practice for weeks leading up to the 3 week competition.  Each night around sundown the drumming starts, calling us from our labours in the boatyard to follow the sound.  The drummers are key; nothing happens without them.  These rhythms have been played for years, practiced, handed down.  The hollow log drummers hands move so fast you cant see them.