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The photo essay below is the twelfth installment of a personal account of my two years in Fiji and Rotuma from October 1959 through August 1961. The main purpose of this project is to provide photographic images that might be of interest to contemporary Rotumans.

I have forgotten the names of some of the people who appear in the photos and would welcome your help in identifying them. Information identifying people should be sent to <> Please identify the photos by the numbers (#) in the captions.

Episode 12: Men

While on Rotuma I really enjoyed the comraderie of the men I got to know. In general I found the men to be generous, kind, and gentle in disposition, though when it came to sporting events they could be fiercely competitive. I was particularly impressed with the tenderness shown by adult men to young children, and although the culture discouraged displays of affection between members of the opposite sex, how well they treated their wives and how dedicated they were to their families. I learned a lot about what is important in life from many of these men, and I will forever be indebted to them.

#265 Alan with Mua Kerto
#450 Tivao, Marieta & children
#402 Pene the Policeman
#256 Fagmaniua & daughter
#308 Joe
#379 Sakimi Farpapau & friends

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