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Author : Mark Adams
ISBN : 1877385557
Genre : Tattoo artists
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Mark Adams' renowned images document a great Polynesian art tradition. Samoan tattooing has flourished among Samoan migrants in New Zealand, stimulated major New Zealand artists, and inspired tattoo artists and communities worldwide. Through Adams' photography, Tatau tells the story of Sulu'ape Paulo II, the pre-eminent figure of modern Samoan tattooing. Paulo was a brilliantly innovative and often controversial man, who saw tatau as an art of international importance, and who was killed tragically in 1999. Tatau documents his practice, and that of other tufuga ta tatau (tattoo artists), in the contexts of Polynesian tattooing, Samoan migrant communities and New Zealand art. Tatau presents 100 full-colour plates of Adams' powerful and moving images. Documentary by nature, they also ask tough questions of this scene and its history. Accompanying the photographs are two essays and two interviews: Sean Mallon writes on the tufuga, Peter Brunt writes on the photographer, and in interviews with Sean Mallon and Nicholas Thomas, Sulu'ape Paulo II and Mark Adams respectively articulate their own understandings of their practices.
Category: Tattoo artists

Tatau I Le Fale

Author : Dylan Jacob Kane
ISBN : OCLC:870248290
Genre : Space (Architecture)
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Indigenous architectures of Samoa are restricted by the formal appearances associated with them. Traditional Samoan approaches to space and place can be used as drivers in evolving Westernized architectural typologies, ones which whilst not formally Samoan in appearance, may still embody traditional Samoan principles and relationships. By referring to these traditional values, most apparent in the fale tele, this thesis begins a critical discussion around generating a new Samoan - and further arching Oceanic - architecture. This discussion is a process based on the applying of a tatau, the traditional tattoo art of Samoa. Tatau is both the process, and architectural language in negotiating a new Samoan architecture. Paralleling the steps in the tatau's application, the methodology is orientated around three stages; First, through the creation of a literary ink/body, core relationships are excavated within the fale tele to ground the project in Samoan culture. Then, by observing the landscape's condition, strategies are implemented to address the site as a whole. Finally, manipulation of the site's skin was undertaken by applying a tatau. Negotiating new relationships between site ecologies and traditional spatial concepts enables a new, site specific, Samoan architecture to be created. It was found that through redefining site geometrically into patterning reminiscent of the tatau (triangulation), and tatauing it with further geometric relationships descriptive of site, three-dimensional geometries could be fostered which are highly site specific. Inscribing the site through the tatau generated a relationship between the traditional two-dimensional tatau and the resultant space. Furthermore, negotiations between the space and its ecological function embedded the result in both culture and place. The site programme is typologically a plantation, a native bush restorative platform, and research centre hybrid, through which the building establishes a connection to the environmental fabric of the site. This project encourages a societal involvement within this. It is a building which is highly site specific through the reintroduction of rare endemic plant life, and is traditionally reflective in the ways in which it achieves this. The significance in these findings is that traditional cultural practices, namely tatau in this study, may hold the key to producing cultural processes which challenge and exceed contemporary standards. In this architectural representation, tatau provides a means for Samoan negotiations of space to be pushed outside of the fale, without losing the relationships which are culturally important. Significance is found in the negotiation between tradition and the contemporary, through the societal use of the building, the manner in which it addresses fears of climate change, and the tatau-like architectural language in which it achieves this. It is a project based on the tatau generating a new, site specific Samoan architecture. It is a project which seeks the relevance of the past within contemporary modes of architectural thought.
Category: Space (Architecture)

O Le Ta Tatau

Author : Noel Lawrence McGrevy
ISBN : OCLC:318535158
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Author : Japanese American National Museum
ISBN : 0692686622
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To Tatau Waka

Author : Mervyn McLean
ISBN : 9781775582229
Genre : Music
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This account of an ethnomusicologist’s experience conducting fieldwork offers a glimpse into the life of New Zealand’s Maori people through his documentation of traditional songs. The audio recordings included span 1958 through 1979, a time when many of the culture’s traditions were fading. Sensitive writing and attention to the challenges of anthropological fieldwork shed light on postcolonialism in New Zealand and its effects on Maori and Polynesian cultures and the continuance of traditional music.
Category: Music


Author : Sielu Avea
ISBN : OCLC:34312500
Genre : Tattooing
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Category: Tattooing

Inside Out

Author : Vilsoni Hereniko
ISBN : 0847691438
Genre : Literary Collections
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In a time of dynamism and contradiction in Pacific cultural production, a time of 'turning things over' and 'writing from the inside out, ' this far-reaching volume provides a comprehensive set of essays and interviews on the emergent literatures of the New Pacific. With its dynamic combination of important position papers, polemics, and decolonizing critiques by noted authors and of analysis by new and established post-colonial scholars, this volume exposes 'the maze and mix of literatures and cultural identities breaking down and building up across the Pacific Ocean.' This pioneering work will be the definitive resource for anyone researching or teaching Pacific literature and will be invaluable for bringing Pacific culture to readers outside the region
Category: Literary Collections


Author : Mark Adams
ISBN : 0958216797
Genre : Legends
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The Samoa Islands Material Culture

Author : Augustin Krämer
ISBN : 082481634X
Genre : Social Science
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Volume II includes chapters on anthropology and sociology, medicine, plants and cooking, fishery, men's work, ornamentation and dress, recreation and war, and flora and fauna.
Category: Social Science

Fa Avaetuli

Author : Tyla Vaeau Ta'ufo'ou
ISBN : OCLC:968949669
Genre : Samoans
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The aim of this thesis is to position Samoan tatau as a travelling practice through an investigation of tatau practice both in relation to its origins, significance and practice in Samoa as well as within the Samoan diaspora, with specific reference to the Samoan communities of New Zealand. It is demonstrated that tatau as inherently intertwined with travel, movement and change, is not a new conception. Rather, it is one that stems back to the earliest known origins of tatau. The notions of tatau coming from beyond Samoa, the movement of people, and the interconnectedness of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, are united in historical records the extensive and complex oral histories surrounding the origins of tatau. As the art form has moved through the years, it has progressed along this trajectory of travel and change spread across the globe by widely dispersed Samoan communities. This thesis examines contemporary Samoan tatau as practiced and worn in the Samoan diaspora. As Samoan communities adapt and change in relation to new cultural contexts lived in, so too does tatau. However, new innovations in tatau cannot be talked about in isolation from customary forms; they are part of a cultural continuum embedded in a history of travel and change. For this reason the thesis examines both tatau completed with the ‘au (customary hand tool) and the masigi (tattoo machine). Integral to this thesis is the investigation of Samoan tatau through the lens of those who practice it and those who wear it. Oral testimony is a significant component of the research given the long standing oral histories associated with this measina (treasured art form). Personal narratives garnered from the oral testimony of reputable tufuga tatatau, tatau artists, tatau recipients and gallery based artists allow for a comparative study of aspects of tatau as they relate to concepts of travel and change. With the practice of Samoan tatau set only to increase this thesis hopes to make a timely contribution to research and discussion on Pacific art forms.
Category: Samoans