Mande < > Monday / by Charlotte Haywood

Inside the WWI and WWII museum, relics left over from the troops. Amazing the cultural links these antiquities have offering a different landscape full of other possibilities. Cargo cults and commodities!

Inside the WWI and WWII museum, relics left over from the troops. Amazing the cultural links these antiquities have offering a different landscape full of other possibilities. Cargo cults and commodities!

The Americans brought everything. Especially Coca-Cola.

The Americans brought everything. Especially Coca-Cola.

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WWII museum view
American Rope is a vine that is thought to be introduced during WWII for camouflage. It is now vigorously covering very large sections of natural vegetation and turns the landscape into something out of Dr. Seuss.

American Rope is a vine that is thought to be introduced during WWII for camouflage. It is now vigorously covering very large sections of natural vegetation and turns the landscape into something out of Dr. Seuss.

A beautiful example of the intersection of cultures- Kookaburra Vanuatu style.

A beautiful example of the intersection of cultures- Kookaburra Vanuatu style.

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Corrugated and sand.

Corrugated and sand.

Motifs in the landscape. Traditional materials, bamboo, pandanus leaf and coconut palm.

Motifs in the landscape. Traditional materials, bamboo, pandanus leaf and coconut palm.

Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon.

Round trip on Efate. A day on the road circumnavigating. Crystal clear blue lagoons, snorkelling in paradise and lunch at Eton beach, hot springs, Rich green jungle landscapes, Eton school visit and a World War Museum complete with relic soldier commodities.

I found inspiration and connection at the school and whilst snorkelling at Eton. The children at the school sung vigorously, tales of a lollypop tree and their times tables. Amongst the classrooms their work was strung from ceiling to wall. Amanda and I came across a school project of what different age groups diets included. We discussed the idea of implementing school kitchen gardens. I was enamoured with the images of the kookaburras decorated in Ni-Vanuatu motifs, culture clash.

Jeremy and I had a good snorkel around Eton beach, my knowledge of fish names is not exquisite but there was an array of coloured reef fish speckled amongst the swell of the protected inlet.  Good example of a large table coral, although most of the reef appeared to be bleached.  

I also became more aware of the cargo cults. Again bizarrely fascinating. Did I somehow see some collation between them and the church, offering some kind of alternative? Salvation?  Or desire to believe? Of promises given?