“Fiji Artifact“, travel photo shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II in Fiji. Artist: Cris Orfescu - Digital Photography, Limited Edition prints, archival inks on fine art paper, 13in x 19in (33cm x 47cm). All prints are hand-signed and numbered by the artist.
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Fiji is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The country comprises an archipelago of more than 332 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets. The majority of Fiji’s islands were formed through volcanic activity starting around 150 million years ago.
Fiji has been inhabited since the second millennium BC. The Republic of Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific island realm due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources. Today, the main sources of foreign exchange are its tourist industry and sugar exports. Aspects of Fijian culture are similar to the Melanesian culture of the western Pacific but have a stronger connection to the older Polynesian cultures. Trade between these nations long before European contact is quite obvious with canoes made from native Fijian trees found in Tonga and Tongan words being part of the language of the Lau group of islands. Pots made in Fiji have been found in Samoa and even the Marquesas Islands.