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The Kanaks were the original inhabitants of New Caledonia, and the proud indigenous people of New Caledonia making about 44% of all New Caledonians. While some live in major cities like Nouméa, many tribal villages are also maintained.



  • 1 Centre culturel Tjibaou (Tjibaou Cultural Centre), Rue des Accords de Matignon, Nouméa, +687 41 45 45. 09:00-17:00 (closed Mondays). Kanak museum with all sorts of Kanak architecture.
  • 2 Tribu de Oui Poin, Chez Elise, La Foa, +687 35 45 22. Offers tribal group activities, hiking, cultural experience, horse trekking and communal dining. Accessing here is quite difficult, with it being on the top of the Grand Terre mountain range.
  • 3Loyalty Islands. Those islands which are outside the Grand Terre are much richer in Kanak culture than on the mainland, but with also one of the few spots where the ocean comes into play. Loyalty Islands (Q913470) on Wikidata Loyalty Islands on Wikipedia
  • 4 Musée de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia Museum), 45 avenue du Maréchal Foch, Nouméa, +687 27 23 42. 09:00-11:30, 12:15-16:30. Museum with some Kanak souvenirs. A$3 (200 F) for Adults, A$1 (50 F) for 12-18 year olds and for seniors (60+).


  • Grande Randonnée. A hiking trail that passes through many tribal villages.



The Kanaks have always been at a disadvantage to the rest of New Caledonia, with it being shown in life expectancy, wealth, language barriers, etc. While it is possible to help, the best way to help is through organisations that help them.

It should also be mentioned that it is best to avoid discussions about British and French colonisation of New Caledonia, as most Kanaks want independence, and talking about colonisation may be out of their comfort zone.

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