23 mrt Surf
The Garland Man
Willem de Maeker, 1636
During his very first voyage, Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Polynesian island of Fiji. One crewmember became so entranced by the exotic lifestyle of the local population that he adopted many of the local customs, eating habits, and traditions, such as surfing, and made them his own.
On the journey home, he decided to abandon ship to pursue his new lifestyle. Back on Dutch soil, and according to Fijian tradition, he greeted people with the traditional Polynesian ‘flower power’ garland, whenever he had them at hand. This flower garland has since become a tradition in the bulb region.