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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.

  • Countryaah: 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.

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