<p>Fueled by a Polynesian passion for dance, torch-twirling Tahitians stage a sizzling show at a beachfront resort. Nearly extinguished during the 19th century by disapproving missionaries, Tahitian dancing has been rekindled by a renaissance of native culture—and by tourists' appetite for spectacle.</p><p>—From "French Polynesia: Charting a New Course," June 1997, <em>National Geographic</em> magazine</p>

Tahiti Torch-Twirling

Fueled by a Polynesian passion for dance, torch-twirling Tahitians stage a sizzling show at a beachfront resort. Nearly extinguished during the 19th century by disapproving missionaries, Tahitian dancing has been rekindled by a renaissance of native culture—and by tourists' appetite for spectacle.

—From "French Polynesia: Charting a New Course," June 1997, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by Jodi Cobb

French Polynesia Photos

See photos of French Polynesia, including Bora-Bora, in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

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