Posts categorized as Pacific

Uike Lea Faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week 2013

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Theme: Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau lea mo e hiva faka-Tonga. Enriching Aotearoa with our language and Tongan music. In this final blogpost for Tongan language week we have another guest contribution from the Tongan community. It is written by Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai  who was a former Pacific Cultures curator at Te Papa (2004-2008). She is… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013: Grooving to Tongan and Reggae Royalty

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Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures staff have been blogging daily to mark Tongan Language Week.  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. However, today’s blogpost is from a guest writer, Suliana Grace Vea from Wellington. Malō e lelei!  Ko hoku hingoa ko Suliana Grace Vea. Koe hoku… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013 – Nafa and Nafa: the drum beats of Tonga

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Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures staff are blogging daily to mark the annual Tongan Language Week.  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. Today’s blog, by Grace Hutton (Collection Manager – Pacific Cultures) highlights examples of Tongan nafa (drums) in Te Papa’s collections. Drumming is… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013 – Tongan Pride

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Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures staff are blogging daily to mark the annual Tongan Language Week.  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. Today’s blog by Rachel Yates (Pacific Cultures curator), is inspired by Australian Tongan sisters’ Vika and Linda Bull’s “Grandpa’s song”. Vika and… Read more »

Tongan Language Week 2013 – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music

This week is the annual Tongan Language Week in New Zealand (1 – 8 September).  The theme for this year is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘etau Hiva Fakatonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Music. As part of this weeks celebrations, Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures curators (and a guest writer or two) will be blogging about artefacts… Read more »

Rare masks of Mangaia (Cook Islands Language Week 2013)

In this fifth and final blogpost of Te Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kuki Airani - Cook Islands Māori Language week, we look at five rare masks from Mangaia. Thank you for following, liking and sharing the blogs this week. In pre-European times, Cook Islanders used tapa to wrap ceremonial objects such as staff gods (wooden staffs carved with figures)… Read more »

Cook Islands drums – old and new (Cook Islands Language Week 2013)

In this fourth blogpost of Te Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kuki Airani - Cook Islands Māori Language week, we look at two drums from the Cook Islands acquired by the museum at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. The first  is a pa’u mango (small skin drum) from the Cook Islands. In the nineteenth century, pa’u mango were… Read more »

Picturing the Cook Islands – George Crummer (Cook Islands Language week 2013)

  Kia orana e kia manuia tatou katoatoa, In this third blogpost of Te Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kuki Airani - Cook Islands Māori Language week, Grace Hutton (Collection Manager Pacific Cultures) shares with us some wonderful images taken by George Crummer, a photographer who worked in the Cook Islands in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Grateful thanks… Read more »

Conservation of a Micronesian textile

Recently I completed a two year project to conserve a unique Micronesian textile.  It was such a pleasure to get acquainted with this very rare object with distinctive features–I was amazed to see that the colour changes in the patterned end of the cloth had been created by either interlinking or knotting  warps of two colours together (photomicrograph image below), indicating a high level weaving… Read more »