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
Grace Hutton (Collection Manager Pacific Cultures) introduces us to Nguzunguzu, the guardians of war canoes from the Solomon Islands. With Kesoko (a water spirit) putting travelling crew members at risk, Nguzunguzu were secured to the prow of every departing war canoe to ensure their safe passage. In the 1800s, on the
We were all saddened by the recent passing of Auckland and Samoan rugby stalwart Peter Fatialofa (1959-2013). In the last few weeks, much has been written about his wonderful personality and character, his leadership on and off the rugby field and his rich contribution to Samoan and New Zealand rugby.
The Pacific Cultures team at Te Papa would like to acknowledge the retirement of Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin from his role as head of Samoan Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Galumalemana founded the Samoan Studies Department and has published books and articles on the Samoan language. Galumalemana has been a
It’s the last day of Tokelau language week 2013. Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its treasures from Te Papa’s collections. Today, we will finish the week with four rare photographs from Olohega, the most eastern atoll of Tokelau. The photographs were taken in 1886
This week is Tokelau language week. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Ko te au o mātua, ko fānau: At the core of a parents heart, are their children.” With the younger generation in mind, Te Papa staff are blogging daily with stories related to Tokelau and its cultural treasures. One