Meet the Tiki Culture, Retro Inspired by Polynesian Traditions

Elvis in Hawaii, Fantasy Island, Hula Hula, exotic drinks super decorated served in mugs, hibiscus flower adorning hairstyles, Hawaiian shirts and so on. All those who appreciate culture vintage or retro, at some point I’ve encountered any of these references cited, or even ever read or heard about this Tiki Culture or simply Tiki.
After all, what all this means, where and how? Launch the elucidation of this intriguing mystery. The term “tiki” originated in Oceania, more precisely of the Islands that constitute Polynesia. Tiki is the name given to a God or your physical representation. Typically this physical representation appears in the form of totem poles carved in wood or stone.
Tiki was the name chosen to christen this cultural thread born in West and that has as a source of inspiration to Polynesian culture. Tiki culture in the West had your origin in United States during the 20. It was quite popular in the period between 20 and 60, having entered in descent from the years 70, and so Tiki going on to appear as a chapter in the Kitsch aesthetics.
In the United States, the movement holds a strong Tiki relationship with Hawaii. In 1900 the Hawaiian archipelago became officially u.s. territory however, only during the 20 Americans are inspired by culture from these islands.
To get an idea of the size of this Hawaiian, 1 4 \ preponderance of American musical production of this period was classified within the category “Hawaiian” and 1200 schools were opened with the goal of teaching to play the ukulele — the typical Hawaiian guitar.
The Hawaiian culture caused a frisson of Puritan society United States unprecedented in the years 20. Western imagery to see hypnotized by those images of vahines (Hawaiian girls) with their straw skirts and tops, always happy to move your hips to the sounds of ukes and drums, accompanied often by boys and naked Tan who danced and performed stunts with your torches of fire.
Hawaii and its charms have come to populate the North American imagination contributing to the formation of the fantasy of an affordable paradise, the reverie of endless summer evenings adorned by beautiful hula dancers, swaying coconut palm leaves, the scent of the flower necklaces, all aired by cool breezes from the Pacific.
With this sweeping vision of an ideal paradise, all the problems of daily life would vanish as that taken by the waves to the depths of the Pacific. All this became very alluring to Western eyes. This wave paradise took charge of the music and the cinema during this period. Several film productions have surrendered the influence of Hawaiian charms and several tapes were recorded in the best Tiki style.
The first production was “White shadow in The South Seas” dates from 1928 and others followed, for example, “Honolulu” (1939), where it starred the great tap dancer Eleanor Powell. The mixture of Hula with tap dance staged by Powell is one of the pearls of Tiki culture made by the cinema of the time.
Another important Polynesian influence appeared in the decoration of environments. In 1934 another event would become an important March for the consolidation of the Tiki culture in the United States, Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, a young man from Louisiana who had sailed across the South Pacific, debuts in Hollywood a themed bar and restaurant “Don The Beachcomber”. At the bar were served exotic cocktails and fire torches décor, wicker furniture and lush tables loaded with images depicting the Polynesian exoticism.
Don The Beachcomber opened the flamboyant segment of the tiki bars and mind-blowing your cocktail. In 1937, Victor Bergeron, better known as Trader Vic, adopted the style for your restaurant in Oakland, which has grown to become a network with branches in several countries.
Much of the success of these Bates was possible thanks to exotic cocktails, which had as main ingredient the rum and were served in cups on Polynesian totems format, the famous tiki mugs. That way, the Tiki was becoming increasingly present in Western culture, gaining status as a culture of its own.
Over the years, more artists influenced by the tiki and included in their work. The Tiki grew and broke the North American borders by conquering other countries.
The Tiki won your place in music, dance, art, film, fashion, decoration, Mycology and customs. Since your appearance, the Tiki Culture expanded and gained new followers, always charming for your exotic and multicultural character.