Traditional music consists of singing with
pats in hands and stomping in feet. A common theme is
love. Dances are often done with outstretched hands and
bird-like head movements - it should be reminiscent of
the frigate bird that is considered a national bird.
Music performances are often made sitting and with
guitar accompaniment. In standing performances (te
kaimatoa) or hip dance (te buki) a wooden
box is used as a drum. A dance with a thug (tirere)
links to an old martial art.
Latest population statistics of Kiribati, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
Teresa Teaiwa (1968–2017) was an American poet and
academic with a stir from Kiribati. She was a prominent
researcher on the culture of the South Sea.
The Kiribatians have since acquired extensive
knowledge of animal and plant life in the sea around the
atolls, and in recent years they have begun to document
this knowledge as well as traditional skills in
navigation and boat building.