Melanesia is one of three major cultural areas in the Pacific Ocean. Melanesia itself is part of a larger culture area called Oceania that includes Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia. The native populations of Melanesians are described as dark-skinned with frizzy hair ("Endangered Languages"). They are near Australia and they lie in a semicircle off the northeast coast of that continent (“Wikipeadia”). Within the region the countries of Melanesia are Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Santa Cruz, and New Caledonia. People mistakenly think that Melanesian languages are classified under the Polynesia languages ("Lost Language, Lost Culture"). Fiji is part of Melanesia; who has migrated from Vanuatu and some of the smaller outer islands are populated by Polynesians around Melanesia, and others by small groups of Micronesians (“Wikipeadia”). The nearest country to Fiji is Tonga, which is part of the Polynesian island; thus, making people mistakenly think that Melanesia is part of the Polynesian area. But originally, Melanesian people speak Fijian, Motu, and Yabim; which is part of the Papuan languages. Most...
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