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FestPAC delegates show support to New Caledonia

The New Caledonia hale at the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture’s Festival Village remains empty due to the delegation’s absence caused by political unrest, delegates from all over Oceania have been gathering at the New Caledonia hale to show their support. In the meantime Guamanian-Palauan artist Kaitlin Ngeremokt is making art in honor of New Caledonia.

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People held space at the empty hale of New Caledonia during the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture on Tuesday at the Hawai'i Convention Center. New Caledonia, located between Australia and Fiji, was not able to participate due to civil unrest over voting changes that indigenous Kanaks fear will marginalize their pro-independence movement from being a French Pacific territory.
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Guamanian-Palauan artist Kaitlin Ngeremokt began her artwork at the New Caledonia hale on Monday and approached each hale to gather contributions for her art, which will be presented as a surprise.
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Sue Pearson adds a drawing of a Norfolk Pine to a piece created in the New Caledonia hale. The artwork represents the solidarity of Oceania by artist Kaitlin Ingeremokt from Guam.
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Having a conversation in the New Caledonia hale is Millicent Barty from the Solomon Islands, right.
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People milled past the hale of New Caledonia during the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture held at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
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People held space at the empty hale of New Caledonia during the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture held at the Hawai'i Convention Center. New Caledonia, located between Australia and Fiji, was not able to participate due to civil unrest over voting changes that indigenous Kanaks fear will marginalize their pro-independence movement from being a French Pacific territory.
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Adding a message to a piece of artwork created in the New Caledonia hale is Sid Mannetti from Yap. The artwork represents the solidarity of Oceania by artist Kaitlin Ingeremokt from Guam.

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