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(ätwō`nə) or


(ätwä`nə), town, in the Marquesas IslandsMarquesas Islands
, volcanic group (2002 pop. 8,712), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia. There are 12 islands in the group, which lies c.930 mi (1,500 km) NE of Tahiti.
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, South Pacific, in French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia,
officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete, on Tahiti.
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. Situated on the southern coast of the island of Hiva OaHiva Oa
, volcanic island, 154 sq mi (399 sq km), South Pacific, second largest and the most important of the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Hiva Oa is the seat of Atuona, former capital of the Marquesas. The Bay of Traitors, protected by ridges c.
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, Atuona overlooks the Bay of Traitors. GauguinGauguin, Paul
, 1848–1903, French painter and woodcut artist, b. Paris; son of a journalist and a French-Peruvian mother. Early Life

Gauguin was first a sailor, then a successful stockbroker in Paris. In 1874 he began to paint on weekends.
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 lived in Atuona Valley and is buried there.
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With the permission of the island's mayor, Boyle-Turner was able to arrange for four teeth presumably belonging to Gauguin, found in a glass bottle in a well behind his house in Atuona on Hiva Oa, to be analyzed by scientists associated with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Ill.
Following the ceremony, the Atuona dance group performed.
MARQUESAS ISLANDS: Hiva Oa [9[degrees]48'S, 139[degrees]01'W]: 2 [male], 5 [female], 3 juveniles, Entomology Survey (no further data) (BPBM); 4 [female], 3 juveniles, Atuona Valley [9[degrees]47'S, 139[degrees]01'W], 7 July 1929, Mumford, Adamson (BPBM); 11 [male], 16 [female], 31 juvenile (2 vials), Atuona Valley, in house, 11 July 1929, Mumford, Adamson (BPBM); 1 [male], 2 [female], 2 juveniles, Atuona [9[degrees]48'S, 139[degrees]01'W], in house, 8 February 1987, J.
MARQUESAS ISLANDS: Hiva Oa [9[degrees]47'S, 139[degrees]00'W]: 1 [female] (no further data) (BPBM); 1 [male], 1 juvenile, Atuona Valley, 11 July 1929, Mumford, Adamson (BPBM); 3 [male],2 [female], 1 juvenile, Hanamenu [9[degrees]45'S, 139[degrees]08 W], shaking ridgetop vegetation, 200 m, 5 February 1987, J.
In Hiva Oa, the principal town on Atuona in the Marquesas, she recorded her father visiting the Catholic mission where a gravely in Gauguin received assistance, the cemetery where the artist was buried in 1903, and the municipal archive where his death certificate remains on file.
Only the cat and dog you had just brought to live with you at your new house in Atuona were there, watching you attentively, as if they understood the meaning of your bellows into nothingness, which were surely frightening the chickens, cats, and little horses that ran wild in the forests of Hiva Oa.
gravesite at Atuona on Hiva Oa, that more than 60 of his direct
Hiva; at Hakahau on Ua Pou; at Puamau and Atuona on Hiva Oa; at Hanavave