The array of photos below were taken in December 2000 in conjunction with the wedding of Daniel Smith, from Massachusetts, and Maggie Tolo of Oilala, Motusa. They show the preparations for the wedding, the traditional hair cutting ceremony ('öf sope), the presentation of mats, and the sociability that takes place around the grog (kava) bowl. To see enlargements of the pictures click on them.
The pictures were taken by Nancy Smith, mother of the groom. To read about her impressions of Rotuma click here.
photos by Nancy Smith