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The Hidden Secrets of the Loyalty Islands :

The “Case”: a social and spiritual space

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  • 30 November 2022
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The “Case”: a social and spiritual space

The traditional hut or Case is ubiquitous in the Loyalty Islands, as a dwelling or place of customary ceremony. It is the expression of Kanak culture and social relations within the clan.

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Company open to the public

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