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Traditional process of the imitative dances
The imitative dances - which now constitute the bulk of the Kanak dances - were traditionally performed in the last phase of the 'Pilou'. The young people of the 'uterine clan' received an invitation to dance from their paternal clan elders via the throwing of a plant bouquet. They were then led by a 'dance master' who guided their movements by orders. At the end of the dance presentation, the plant bouquet was placed at the foot of the paternal group, one of the members of which delivered the official closing speech for the event.
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