Just when you think you can’t take anymore celebrations and goodbyes, the village has a huge ceremony the next morning for our departure. The village paraded out to us and to our amazement, we were presented with all kinds of food, including a freshly slaughter cow (a major honor), a huge cooked pig, many smaller cooked pigs, taro, canned mackerel and corned beef. Then there was another round of tears and hugging and kissing. We all were overwhelmed and exhausted by this final event.
On August 22, we again return to Manunu for our swearing in ceremony. Who knows what awaits us?
Villagers Parade Towards Us
Our Gifts of Food
Yes, It's a Whole Pig
Holy Cow! Is That a Cow?