PITCAIRNERS:  THE PEOPLE OF PITCAIRN

            While in many ways reflective of the influence of both Polynesian and Western cultures, Pitcairn maintains its own identity through things such as celebrating its own holidays, especially Bounty Day.

            Ever since the community was founded, work and practicality played a large role in the everyday life of the people.  One example is fishing, since the waters around Pitcairn have provided a bounty of different fish.  Hence, almost everyone on Pitcairn eats fish, which have been made into a variety of exotic dishes.  Catching fish is done both off the rocks and in boats, as well as through diving.

Below:  A Pitcairner searching for bait (in the form of crabs or octopus) for fishing.


Below:  A good catch.


            Anyone who knows Pitcairn well knows of the carvings that are made and sold by individuals on the island.  It is a significant source of their income, and is used to trade for all manner of goods on vessels that stop.  The wood to make a lot of the carvings is from native timber, one of the more popular being the miro (often harvested from Henderson Island).  But wooden products are not the only thing made to trade.  Hand-woven baskets and similar products have become popular, as well as in recent years there are music CD’s and photographs of all shapes and sizes.  But probably the most notable of all the new industries is the honey industry, which includes probably the purest honey in the world.

Below:  Basket weaving.

            Pitcairn celebrates a variety of holidays.  These include Christmas and the Queen’s Birthday.  On January 23rd is celebrated Bounty Day, which, weather permitting, is celebrated at the wharf down at The Landing, and involves a day of enjoyment, which concludes with the burning of a replica Bounty towards the evening.

Below:  Burning a replica Bounty on Bounty Day.


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