We're working on a short documentary about Vanuatu and its efforts to define wealth and wellbeing on its own terms rather than by global standards such as Gross Domestic Product. For the ni-Vanuatu, as the locals are called, traditional wealth includes participation in ceremonies, access to gardens and customary land; clean air, food and water; trust in leaders, safe community... Because of its richness in these things Vanuatu ranked #1 on the Happy Planet Index in 2006, despite being labeled 'impoverished' by the global development community. Wealth depends on priorities, no?
Here's a drone shot at sunrise on the island of Efate outside of Port Villa, the capital. Please hit the sound to hear the richness in the voices in this traditional song.
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