Vanuatu sand drawings

The Republic of Vanuatu is an archipelago state located in the south of Pacific Ocean. Almost whole population of this small country is of the Melanesian descent. The official languages spoken in Vanuatu are Bislama, English and French.

Vanuatu sand drawing
Vanuatu sand drawing

People of Vanuatu are famous for their tradition of making wonderful sand drawings. These drawings are much more than art. They are traditionally made on sand. Volcanic ash or ordinary clay is sometimes used too. Person uses only one finger to make a drawing. These kind of mysterious drawings are actually descriptions of local rituals, mythology, everyday events, songs etc. It is said that each drawing can be read.

To keep the tradition alive local communities plan to organize sand drawing festivals in Ambrym, Ambae, Malakula, Paama and Vanua Lava. Children learn about sand drawings in schools. Vanuatu sand drawings are protected by the UNESCO.