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12 more treasures from Fiji : Fijian language week 2013

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This is the last blog post for the inaugural Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. As we have seen this week, Fiji’s history, people, cultures and natural world are represented in Te Papa in so many ways. Fiji stories are found in indigenous objects and objects made… Read more »

Let’s Meke! Fiji language week 2013

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This week is the first-ever Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators have been blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. Today’s second to last blogpost is from Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures). The meke is an… Read more »

A New Zealand treasure with a Fiji connection: Fiji language week 2013

This latest blogpost for Fiji language week is from Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures).The theme for this week’s inaugural Fijian language week is, Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. Thinking of treasures, this blog looks at a New Zealand treasure and its special relationship with Fiji, one that you might not have known about… Read more »

“Fear God, Honour the King’ – Rerevaka Na Kalou Ka Doka Na Tui : Fiji language week 2013

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This week is the first-ever Fiji language week with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators will be blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. This rare flag (below) features the Union Jack with the Fijian coat of arms. It was… Read more »

Whale tooth tales: Fijian language week 2013

The first-ever Fiji language week begins today with the theme Noqu Vosa, Noqu iYau Talei: My Language, My Treasure. The Pacific Cultures curators will be blogging daily with Fiji related stories from the collections and exhibitions at Te Papa. This is a tabua, a type of Fijian cultural valuable, made from polished whales’ teeth attached… Read more »

Man vs atoll: what if Bear Grylls was marooned on Tuvalu?

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If British ex-special forces soldier and survival expert Bear Grylls was marooned on a coral atoll, how would he survive? What resources would be available to him? What tools could he make, what would he make them out of, what would he eat? What challenges would face him?   The people of Tuvalu have spent… Read more »

“I have roots here…”: Climate change and Tuvaluan futures

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This week is Tuvalu language week and the theme is “Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat”. Over the past week curators from the Pacific Cultures team have highlighted key Tuvalu artefacts and stories from Te Papa’s collections. Today’s blogpost is from Rachel Yates (Pacific Cultures Curator),… Read more »

Wearable art: Tuvalu style

This week is Tuvalu language week and the theme is “Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat”. Curators from the Pacific Cultures team are highlighting key Tuvalu artefacts and stories from Te Papa’s collections. It is busy at Te Papa right now, with tours for visitors of the… Read more »

A cross between volleyball and murderball – Te Ano: national game of Tuvalu

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This week is Tuvalu language week and the theme is “Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat”. Over the next few days curators from the Pacific Cultures team will be highlighting key Tuvalu artefacts and stories from Te Papa’s collections. Todays blogpost is from Rachel Yates (Pacific… Read more »

Tuvalu language week 2013: eight things you should know about Tuvalu

A major of focus of Te Papa’s work is on documenting aspects of Intangible Cultural Heritage including oral histories and traditions, performances, knowledge around crafts, social practices, rituals and customs. Language is an important element of all of these activities. Regular readers of the blog will know that we have already celebrated the Samoan, Tongan… Read more »