Tahitians claim back heritage with new world record

9:10 am on 2 February 2016

A Tahitian local says the new world record set in French Polynesia with 2,980 people joining for a traditional dance shows Tahitians are taking back their heritage.

Bid to set dance record set in Tahiti

Bid to set dance record set in Tahiti Photo: AFP

The organisers want to have the performance, which happened over the weekend, registered in the Guinness Book of Records to eclipse a dancing event in Mexico last year.

To comply with Guinness rules, the dance had to be performed at a set time, reportedly excluding hundreds of willing participants who were stuck in traffic trying to reach the site.

Sabrina Birk said people from all over the territory gathered to defend their heritage.

"This really showed that Tahitians are still a people, that they can still get together and unite and defend their heritage and defend their dance and say "Hey! Here we are the Tahitians! We're still existing!"

Last year, Tahiti made it into the Guinness Book of Records with the largest band of ukulele players in the world, when 4,750 people joined for a rendition of a traditional song.

World record set by 2,980 Tahitian dancers

World record set by 2,980 Tahitian dancers Photo: AFP

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