Posts tagged with Fiji

Connecting with cultural treasures: Visitors to the Pacific Cultures Collections

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Rachel Yates (Curator Pacific Cultures) writes: The Pacific Cultures Collection storeroom has been very busy with guests of all ages from all over the world.  In the last six months, it has been great to see visitors and the Pacific community connect with objects that have been acquired from Pacific people and the Pacific region. School Tours… Read more »

All Power to the Fro!

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(Post by Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures). While studying history in high school I loved the look of Angela Davis, American activist and feminist.  A key part of this look was her afro!  I came to admire the afro again this year, this time from the Fijian buiniga. Over the last four months I have… Read more »

12 more treasures from Fiji : Fijian language week 2013

Fiji Giant Iguana, Lapitiguana impensa; holotype

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 »

Guide to Fijian tree ferns

Cyathea lunulata, recognisable by its pale scales and frond stalks.  The most prominent tree fern in the Fijian lowlands. Photo by Leon Perrie. (c) Te Papa.

An abundance of tree ferns is one of the botanical characteristics that New Zealand shares with many of the larger Pacific Islands. The number of different species is not especially high, but tree fern individuals feature prominently in many Pacific and New Zealand landscapes. Following my work in Fiji, I’ve produced an online guide to… Read more »

Star Wars and the Fiji connection

In my previous post about the Fiji collections, I included a few images of Fijian weapons from Te Papa’s collections. In this blog post I thought I’d take the Fiji weapon story a bit further and into popular culture. Here, I just want to highlight the small contribution Fiji weapons offered to the imaginings for one of… Read more »

Te Radar’s vegetable with charisma

Ota dina, Diplazium dietrichianum (or D. esculentum), Fiji.  Photo Leon Perrie. © Te Papa.

Which vegetables do you think have charisma?  In Tuesday night’s television programme Radar Across The Pacific, comedian Te Radar was given “fiddle fern” to eat.  He seemed to be impressed by it, describing it as having charisma. Te Radar was eating the young, unfurling fronds of a fern.  These still-coiled fronds are variously called croziers… Read more »