Portraits of Resilience

Migration and Loss of Culture

Tuvalu is made up of eight islands in the Pacific. You need a ship to travel from one island to another. The Tuvaluans have their own way of culture. They build traditional community buildings called ‘Maneapa’. The Tuvaluans have their own traditional clothes and dances to perform for people.

Tuvalu is made up of eight islands in the Pacific. You need a ship to travel from one island to another. The Tuvaluans have their own way of culture. They build traditional community buildings called ‘Maneapa’. The Tuvaluans have their own traditional clothes and dances to perform for people.

The Tuvaluans are very rich in sea resources but very poor in land resources. Tuvalu is very hot.

In Tuvalu people and the island are suffering because of the rising sea. The people cannot plant crops to keep their families alive because the salt water damages the soil and that has made planting difficult. When high tide season comes some parts of Tuvalu are soaked in water at that time. The airfield is usually soaked in water at that time. The highest point on Tuvalu is the government building. Nowadays Tuvaluans are moving or migrating to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, etc. Tuvaluans are losing their culture because of climate change. Being a Tuvaluan is very bad because you are going to lose your culture soon.
— Peter Harry

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