String Bands are popular throughout Melanesia, but this one add something special. The band in Santa Ana uses old washed-up rubber sandals to strike varying lengths of PVC pipe for a sound that resonates through the village. Flutes accompany the hollow bass notes.
Later on, dark and light figures stormed into the village and staged a battle of historic proportions.
Audio Recorded by Patrick Nason
Photos by Roy Mangersnes and Raul Touzon