[Fiji] Duo’s ‘sacred’ work

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Apr 182016
 

IT was once known in the iTaukei language as the waqa tabu or sacred canoe best known for its superior craftsmanship and powerful navigation of its seafarers back in the 1800s. Today, the last surviving canoe of its kind lies in the Suva Museum, now home to a rich heritage of Fiji’s cultural artefacts.

The Ratu Finau is the only complete example of the Pacific double-hulled canoe that once roamed freely across the Pacific either for wars, trade or exploration. It was built by people in the southern Lau Group for the Fijian nobility and sought after by the Tongans.

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[Maori] Mataatua Kapa Haka Regionals 2016 – Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti

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Apr 182016
 

Led by kaitātaki tāne Ricky-Lee Mitai and kaitātaki wahine Renee Mitai, Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti put on yet another strong performance at this year’s regional competition in Ruatoki.

Winners of the 2014 Mataatua regionals and runners up at last year’s Te Matatini in Chrishchurch, Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti has definitely been a crowd favourite.

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[Maori] Mataatua Kapa Haka Regionals 2016 – Ngāti Awa ki Rangitāiki

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Apr 182016
 

Members from Ngāti Awa ki Rangitāiki originate from the six Marae along the Rangitāiki river in Te Teko and are the eighth group to perform today at Ruatoki.

Ngāti Awa ki Rangitāiki was established in the 1980’s by the founding tutors Napi Waaka, Mateānini Harawira, Tēpene Mamaku & his wife Hine. Also known as ‘Te Eke Pī’ at the time, the rōpū represented Mataatua at both the 8th and 9th N.Z. Polynesian Festivals in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

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Study Shows Māori Keen for Doctors and Healers to Collaborate

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Apr 182016
 

Latest research shows that Māori are keen for traditional rongoā Māori healers and doctors to work together on managing their health. However, many seriously doubt that doctors would be open to such an arrangement.

Dr Glenis Mark (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu) has explored the views of Māori on rongoā Māori healers in primary health care as part of a Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Māori health postdoctoral fellowship through Whakauae Research Services.

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Saving Pacific Languages a Part of FestPac

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Apr 052016
 

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Kenneth Gofigan Kuper distinctly recalls being an 8-year-old boy adamantly rejecting the Chamorro language when spoken to by his grandmother.

“I would run around with my fingers plugging my ears or laughing and asking her to stop making those funny noises,” he says.

Click here to read more: http://www.guampdn.com/story/life/2016/03/31/indigenous-language-conference-part-festpac/82414754/

Yap: Island of Stone Money, Micronesian Song and Just a Trickle of Tourists

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Mar 312016
 

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For most of us, money is paper and metal, but life is trickier for the people of Yap who often use coins made of stone — the largest physical currency in the world.

Yap’s large, round “coins” with a central hole were originally quarried from the “rock islands” of southern Palau and towed to Yap on canoes and rafts.

Click here to read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-30/yap-balances-traditional-micronesian-values-with-tourism-push/7285664

Chamorro Cultural Festival Draws Crowd in California

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Mar 302016
 

Guam FestPac Performing Arts Chair, Eileen Meno, spent several days providing FestPac specific workshops for dance delegates, together with diaspora Performing Arts Chair, Heidi Quenga. About 40 dancers filled a large campus classroom just prior to the festival on March 18. Vendors prepared booths to the sound of drumbeats.

Click here for more information: http://www.guampdn.com/story/life/2016/03/26/chamorro-cultural-festival-draws-crowd-california/82191924/

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FestPac to Honor Tradition, Bravery of Ancestor Seafarers

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Mar 302016
 

Before daybreak on May 22, Guam’s seafaring group will paddle just offshore to welcome seafarers from Chuuk, Yap and Palau. The visitors will ask for permission and grace to land, and Guam’s representatives will welcome visitors with open arms.

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US Navy Seabees Visit Xavier High School

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Mar 302016
 

Deputy Chief of Mission Hugues Ogier and U.S. Navy Seabees visited Xavier High School In Weno, Chuuk. The students were busy weaving palms as roofing for the traditional huts built on campus grounds. Each group of students constructs a hut which reflects the building techniques of their home state or country.

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