Local visual arts flourish and sculpture in wood, stone, and coral can be seen. The manufacture of hats, mats, and baskets is another attribute. Tattooing was quite a popular thing but it has been banned as of late and the making of patchwork quilts and also decorative shell work continue to prosper. Many European painters persist with what French Polynesia has to offer and even painters of the island landscape are taken care of. Check out Vacations On Bora Bora: All Inclusive Resorts Are The Way To Go – Luxury-Resort-Guide.com. The practice of beautifying bark cloth has largely disappeared, but thanks to the efforts of several artists, attempts are being made to revive this ancient art form.
Traditional handicrafts makers may register with the government and in time receive a partial pension. Other than that artists are self-reliant. Although funding in aid of art plans is scarce, many aspiring artists profit from sponsorship associations with government offices and major institutions. Even though practically all fiction is written by expatriate European and Americans, native Polynesian genres such as folktales, song writing and political and religious speech-making continue to be popular.
Modern dance, a local type of ballroom dance, and traditional Polynesian dance are popular. Customary dancing has quietly come back and traditional dance is presented by many amateur and professional troupes. The music in this part of the world ranges from jesting songs to very stylized hymn singing, to popular ballads and local rock and pop music. Musical performance is widely practiced, and people tend to leisurely sit down with friends and family after supper and sing old classic ballads as a group, accompanied by ukulele, guitar, and spoons. In addition to classic local songs, new songs and music are performed and distributed locally. Traditional drumming is common, often as a supplement to dance shows.