Sunday, April 1, 2012

My world Tuesday/Outdoor Wed: Tokelau

Can you see the "wicket" in the gap on the ground between the man's legs? It is made of two cans and a bottle.

The young boy has the bat.
Tokelau (play /ˈtoʊkəlaʊ/) is a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three tropical coral atolls with a combined land area of 10 km2 and a population of approximately 1,400. The atolls lie north of the Samoan Islands, east of Tuvalu, south of the Phoenix Islands, southwest of the more distant Line Islands (both island groups belonging to Kiribati) and northwest of the Cook Islands.

The United Nations General Assembly designated Tokelau a Non-Self-Governing Territory.[2] Until 1976 the official name was Tokelau Islands. Tokelau is sometimes referred to by the older, colonial name of The Union Islands.

Many Tokelau people come and live in New Zealand, especial here in Auckland. They bring their flowery culture, especially their lava-lava.

On Auckland Anniversary, they had a family day, at Walker Park Beach. I was there and I asked them what the game was that they were playing.

"Fun", and Fun has no special equipment, just a bat. A adapted wicket is made with two big food cans, and a bottle. The person bats. If the opposing team picks up the ball and topples the wicket, the batter is out. The game is called "Fun" because it is fun, sometimes, not only the bottle topples, the players topple too.

I came back to school, and got my Tokelau student to confirm that it is indeed "Fun."

Fun is different from Kilikiti (cricket),where they play with a gigantic bat. Men, women, and children can play.


diane b said...

Thats an interesting post. I like their colourful clothes. on Four Corners (TV show) tonight they showed a segment on a NZ organisation which helps Asian women who are in forced marriages.

Kim, USA said...

I see it that's a very cool. I like my name Kim means gold. Thanks Ann!

Ginny Hartzler said...

You don't need fancy equipment to have fun, just be a bit inventive, and this looks like fun! I love your birds below, I hope those gulls didn't all poop on your car! That Oyster Eater is really an impressive bird, quite lovely, I had never seen one!

eileeninmd said...

Great post, Ann! It is interesting to learn about games from other countries. Always great to be outside having fun!

Ed said...

Very cool, it does seem to be a simplified cricket, but more fun..;-)

Gattina said...

Very interesting ! love the colorful outfits too !

Eden said...

I love the colourful costumes. beautiful photos.

Happy Easter!