Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June 2012.
Over the next week the Pacific Cultures team will be blogging about collection items from Sämoa that relate to the theme of this years Sämoan Language week “O le Vāfealoa’i” “Strong and Respectful Relationships”.
According to the Human Rights Commission website “Samoan Language Week was first promoted by Radio Niu FM as part of a series of Pacific language weeks leading up to Māori Language Week. Since 2007 it has been promoted in schools by the Association for the Teaching of Samoa in Aotearoa, FAGASA Inc , Faalapotopotonga mo le Aoaoina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa.” Sämoan language week is now celebrated in New Zealand, Australia, USA and in Sämoan communities across the world.
Language is a key element of culture and helps us give meaning to things we use and create in everyday life – from artworks to costume to performance and song. Keep an eye on the Te Papa blog over the next seven days, for measina a Sämoa (cultural treasures of Sämoa).
To read more about ‘ula fala go here http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=222948&term=ula+fala