Monday, March 3, 2014

The homeland and The world of the Nauruan people (double post!)

Hey folks! This weeks post is going to be about the Nauruan peoples homeland and their lives on the this beautiful island in the pacific. Describing the land it self, how they got there, what they do for a living, and the culture there. It is believed that the Nauruan people first started living on the phosphate rock island in 1200 b.c. during the worlds last great human migration. No one knows how the Nauruan people first got there or why they stayed there. Some say they stayed to be free from war, persecution etc. and some say they were just shipwrecked there and made a small society there. The island itself is only a tiny 8.1 square miles, you can jog that in less than a day!
Nauruan warrior, 1880's

The landscape there is so diverse for such a small island also! The island has a beach surrounding all around it with the typical nice warm sand and the crystal blue water cruising onto shore. Some of the beaches waters are too low and rocky for swimming .Go into the island itself and you get this weird moon like ground. Jagged Coral from thousands of years ago  shaped in every shape you can think of with holes in them sticking out of the ground due to the phosphorus mining that was going on for some time on this tiny island. This is also surrounded by all brush, large brushes, plants, some trees. The most beautiful spot on the entire island is called Command Ridge, the highest point on the whole island, gives you a view of the whole island. Nauru is a very interesting island to see.

They make their living by fishing, due to the islands very rugged terrain, farming was near impossible, so they had to depend on the sea for their food, and their lively hood. The Nauruan people used nature itself to survive on the island, building huts from wood found on the island, until Europeans came and influenced their lives forever. Today they live in normal structures you and me see everyday. Next week post is about the cosmos. What the Nauruan people believe in now and past. thanks for reading!
-Pat Z

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