Story: Cambodians

Folk dancers

Folk dancers

Dance represents cultural pride and identity, and wherever there are Cambodian communities there are dance troupes. The folk dancers pictured here are performing a traditional fertility dance at the Cuba Street Carnival in Wellington, 2004. The dance, which makes use of coconut shells, represents courtship between the male and female dancers and lauds the usefulness of the coconut.

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Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, 'Cambodians - Fitting in: work, community and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1120/folk-dancers (accessed 21 July 2019)

Story by Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 30 Mar 2015