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Rethatching a house in Nasau
[Fiji in the Forties and Fifties, pl. 76]
Book illustration, based on gelatin silver print
Private collection of Ginnie Marlow
Used with the kind permission of Ginnie Marlow and Thomson Pacific Ltd.
This photograph is included in the book "Fiji in the Forties and Fifties" Photography by Rob Wright, Text by Sir Ian Thomson, Edited by Peter Thomson (Thomson Pacific Ltd., 1994, ISBN: 0473027402)
Accompanying text in book:
"When a lot of people are together and all talking at once , a Fijian simile applied: 'Vaka na tara vale', meaning 'like house-building'. Building a vale vakaviti was always a noisy operation."
Further comment by Ginnie Marlow (May 2007):
"Vale - house"