Walkabout Productions is a multi-award winning video company that began in 1986 in Los Angeles, and moved to Austin, Texas in 1989. Connie "Paprika" Leaverton has produced videos for companies throughout the world including the United States, Germany, China, and Canada.
HIKO: Women Jugglers of Tonga
HIKO is Tongan Culture of Women Jugglers
A Culture Entwined with Throwing Tui Tui Nuts, a Dance, a Song and a Playful Competition
In the male dominated world of juggling, imagine an entire country where almost every female Juggles as part of their 3,000 year old culture.
No men juggle. They support the Hiko with their wonderful music and song.
The Juggling is called HIKO, and integrates object manipulation, an ancient song, a playful game, a fun competition, and a cultural dance.
Tui tui nuts from local trees are the most common juggling object and thrown only in a shower pattern.
Hiko is played in schools at recess, where it is passed along from older to younger girls. Hiko has been played for many, many generations. The history is not clear—thus my search into Hiko.
A WALKABOUT Production
• Connie "Paprika" Leaverton: Producer, Director, Camera
• Simone Khan: Editor