Micronesia is made up of thousands of small islands, located in the western Pacific Ocean while also sharing a cultural history with two neighbouring islands; Polynesia and Melanesia. There are four main islands that make up Micronesia, Caroline Islands, Gilbert Islands, Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, with the island of Micronesia perhaps the most famous due to its emerging reputation as a scuba diving paradise.
The Micronesian culture was one of the very last native cultures of the region to develop and originally developed from a mixture of Melanesians, Polynesians and Filipinos. Because of this mixture of descent there are many celebrations and cuisines marked on the island. Fruit bats are native to Micronesia but other mammals are incredibly rare – making reptiles and fish vital food sources for the locals.
Art is a huge part of the culture on the island with the artistic traditions of locals developed from the Lapita culture. Wood carving by men is particularly popular and has flourished in the area over the past decades with pieces of their work often found in richly decorated ceremonial houses.
Music is also important and incredibly influential to those living on the island. In fact, some of the music is largely based around mythology and ancient rituals; covering a variety of styles from traditional songs –handed down through generations – to more contemporary music.
Locals believe that music is presented to individuals in their dreams rather than being created by composers themselves and every island based in Micronesia believes in mythical figures with each one having their own unique figures and stories.