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  Issue : juillet 13 of 2017
  Printing : Offset
  Imprimerie : Phil@poste
  Production : DPP OPT 2017
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The history of this centenary contest begins in 1819, when King Pomare II forbade all dances and other
"Heiva" (entertainment) suspected of being dubious moral activities. The Protestant pastors of the time also
wanted to eliminate all traces of pagan expression.

In 1847 the French government no longer authorized dance in certain places, on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The dance "upa upa" has been totally prohibited since 1849.

Traditional dances will not really see the day until the first celebrations of July 14th in Polynesia in 1881:
the "Tiurai" (comes from the english word “July”) then allows to associate the Polynesians with the rejoicings.
At the time, the Tiurai were often the only opportunities for the populations of the archipelagoes to leave their
islands and to meet again. The tendency is therefore to show the finest finery, the most beautiful canoe or
the most beautiful song. The spirit of the modern Heiva is already there.

In 1956, Madeleine Moua and her dance group "Heiva" revolutionized the image of the Tiurai by laying
the foundations of the "Ori Tahiti" (Tahitian dance). Beginning in 1961, the creation of Faa'a international
airport, the growing globalization and the development of tourism will allow the troops to dance more regularly,
or even to perform on international stages.

In 1985 the Tiurai was renamed "Heiva i Tahiti" by the Polynesian government of the time to mark the
accession of the territory to the autonomy. Today, the Heiva is celebrated in Tahiti, but also in
the other Polynesian islands, as in Bora Bora where groups of songs and dances occur on an esplanade
of white sand.

Through this couple of dancers imagined by Polynesian painter Louis Devienne, the Polynesian Post invites you
to enter the arena, among these artists who prepare for months, then express with fervor through their
gestures, movements of Their bodies and their smiles, their love for their ancestral culture by exclaiming, "A
Heiva ana'e! (Let's celebrate the Heiva !)

Heiva : Le couple
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