Posts tagged with Tuvalu

Ou taka kofea?| Where are your sandals?

Model Fishing Net (Flying Fish Net), Tuvalu. Gift of L Geursen, 1991. Te Papa

This week to celebrate Tuvalu language week 2014 we have shared a few highlights from our collection on Instagram including a pair of taka (reef sandals). In Tuvalu taka were more than a fashion statement, for some they were a necessity. Tuvalu is a low-lying island group made up of four reef islands and five true atolls. The… Read more »

Tuvalu language week 2014

Fakatalofa atu! This week is Tuvalu language week 2014 and the theme is Tuvalu ko tou lagaifakalaga ke mau mai aulua foe: Your language keeps your culture and identity afloat, continue to work together. The Papa’s Pacific Cultures collections have around 195 artefacts associated with Tuvalu, including fishing gear, fans, dance costumes, carvings, adornments and… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Whale research in Tuvalu

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Viliamo Iese lives on Tuvalu, and recently attended the South Pacific Whales Research Group Consortium meeting at Auckland University in February 2008. Where exactly is Tuvalu? It’s a 2 hour flight north of Fiji. Tuvalu is made up of 6 atolls and 3 islands – and some are only 5 metres above sea level –… Read more »