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    Picturesque serenity is a good way to describe Vanuatu, but the culture offers much more, including the inspiration for bungee jumping, which remains a rite of passage for young men. Explore Vanuatu!

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    This diverse country stretches for thousands of miles and has the diversity to prove it, including the people from Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap among others. Begin Your Journey!

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Culture & Identity of Nauru


Nauru has a culture and way of life that seems to be modern in mentality, but traditional in lifestyle. This small island has undergone major changes in the past century due to foreign influence, the growth of the phosphate mines, and now the depletion of the phosphate mines. The traditional way of life was lost to a modern society when the island grew wealthy from phosphate. This change destroyed many aspects of the past culture, but when the phosphate ran out the people struggled to rediscover their historic way of life so today seem to be in limbo; seeking the modern, but rarely able to afford it.

As everyone lives on this single island the land is limited as are jobs. The land is not good for farming so many people make a living off the seas, while others try to find other jobs, such as government positions or jobs in the service industry. For these people, and everyone else, most free time is spent with family and friends as socializing seems to be the best way to pass time, but sports are also popular. Movies, bars, restaurants, and other modern forms of entertainment exist, but in very small numbers and few people can afford them on a regular basis.


Most people native to Nauru identify as Nauruan, which is an identity based on country, religion, ethnicity, language, and culture. The most important aspects to this identity are the political aspect, as a citizen of the country, and religion. Another important part of the identity is the land, which is integral to the lifestyle and culture of the people. Land has been passed down from generation to generation for years as land cannot be sold. Due to numerous changes in the culture in recent decades, there is a strong push for regaining the Nauruan identity and many aspects that make up this identity are now taught in schools.

This page was last updated: November, 2013