Austronesia 1 by RossC

Champion(s):

Jon


Runner(s)-Up:

MattK
Ready. Fire. Aim.


Quiz Description

You can take a quizzer out of the islands, but ... You shouldn't need a kama'aina discount to do well here, but it's a good idea to be at least acquainted with "coconut wireless". This is a sampler platter of questions around the Austronesian world -- but without the poi or the spam musubi. This time.

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1 Jon 519 97 15
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Questions:

As Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico might have found out by now, in what country, the westernmost outpost of the Austronesian languages, is the most commonly used word for penguin "vorondrano"?

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MADAGASCAR

What 1994 top 40 new-age hit from a Romanian-German (not French) musical act was infamously guilty of sampling the Taiwanese Aboriginal (not Native American) "Sapiliepah a Radiw" ("Jubilant Drinking Song") without permission?

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RETURN TO INNOCENCE

The most widely spoken Austronesian language is known in Malaysia as "Malay", and known in Indonesia as "Indonesian". Well, kind of. What six-letter word (derived from a totally non-Austronesian word for "language") do both countries share in the actual native names for "Malay" and "Indonesian"?

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BAHASA (Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia)

A giant statue of the ruler Lapu-Lapu rises over the now-densely populated island of Mactan in the Philippines, commemorating a battle where his warriors speared what would-be circumnavigator and conqueror to death here in 1521 in an act of self-defense?

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Ferdinand MAGELLAN

What super-adorkable film director of Māori heritage (of the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui confederation) gained fame for the vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows and has since exploded into stardom with Thor: Ragnarok?

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Taika David WAITITI (Taika Cohen)

In the village of Yaohnanen on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, what European prince consort is worshipped as a god by the Kastom people -- who actually went to visit their rather bemused "deity" during a Channel 4 reality TV show called "Meet the Natives" in 2007? (Note: any reference to any other island nations is entirely coincidental.)

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PRINCE PHILIP, Duke of Edinburgh

Let's be honest: everyone knows Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But long before he had his turn as the demigod Maui, he was actually a third-generation member of what famous Samoan-American wrestling family whose members through the years include Roman Reigns, Yokozuna, and, appropriately, The Wild Samoans.

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ANOA'I

Increasingly popular with hipsters outside Oceania, what intoxicant derived from a close relative to black pepper is an integral part of the socialization and traditional medicine of many Austronesian island cultures? (Hint: it's not the mai tai - that was invented in California.)

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KAVA (Piper methysticum)

Appropriately inspiring an art movement known as "the wild beasts", what French post-impressionist spent the last years of his life in the Marquesas Islands painting a bunch of mostly-naked native girls in paintings with existentially thoughtful titles?

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Paul GAUGUIN

This surfer saved over 500 people as a lifeguard in the high surf of Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu; he was lost at sea trying to do the same for the crew of the seafaring canoe Hoku'lea. As many a bumper sticker will still tell you on the islands, who "would go?" (First name acceptable.)

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Edward Ryon Makuahanai "EDDIE" Aikau

As of the 2010 United States census, Pacific Islands Americans made up over 1% of the population of just one state in the contiguous 48, due to the prevalence of what religion which has 13 temples in Oceania and owns the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of LATTER-DAY SAINTS

As of Unicode 6.0, the character U+1F5FF corresponds to the emoji version of what giant stone head originally carved by the Rapa Nui people between 1250 and 1500? (No, they will not shoot flaming balls of plasma at you like in Gradius.)

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MOAI (mo'ai, moyai)