Tatau was once the precious art of Samoan women, but it's now an artform dominated by men. O tu’utu’uga nei a tama’ita’i Fiti ia Taema ma lona uso o Tilafaiga. A’o folau mai i laua, na usuusu mai lava i le loaloa o le vasa le la pese. Please enable Javascript in current site to keep going. Ia manuia ou faiva. Here are tatau on the bodies of the diaspora (and those who have adopted our marks) spread far across the moana to the United States. 0000033893 00000 n To help them remember this instruction, they created a song as an aide memoire. %%EOF O iai se manatu i upu tomua – Pe faapefea ona feso’otai ma malamalama le na ulua’i tu’u i ai le galuega, pe afai e mai Fiti tamaitai, ona o po o le Vavau sa itulua tagata, atonu fo’i na mafai ona femalamalaa’i ia latou gagana. Ma, o loo faapea fo’i ona le tasi ai le silafia o lenei Talatu’u a Samoa. Untattooed Samoan males are colloquially referred to as telefua or telenoa, literally "naked". Origins of the word ‘Tatau’ are debated, but the sound ‘Tata’ can be seen to resemble the noise made by the tattooist’s instruments, both in modern tattooing and in ancient Tonga. Afai o le taofi o sasae (Manua) o tama’ita’i e tolaua na folau mai Fiti e ona le faiva ta tatau, ua lelei fo’i lea taofi. Mark Adams, 1982. Ua feiloa’i ma feofoofoa’i le malaga ma le alii. <> Curated by Sean Mallon, Tatau is a photography exhibition of Sāmoan tatau practices, showing at Te Papa Tongarewa. Sa ia faatonu lona afafine “Funa, tapena lelei le maota, fola le fale ma talele pola, atonu e i ai ni malo”, o upu ia a le alii. What does it mean in this current world? Like many things in Sāmoan culture, the truth sits somewhere below the surface. startxref O le ulua’i Tufuga Ta Tatau i Samoa ma lana ulua’i pe’a Tue, 10/30/2012 - 3:24pm O le galuega o le taina o le tatau na aumai e tamaitai e toalua e pei ona malaga mai ma le ato ‘au lea e talitonu i ai nisi o le atunuu, ae leai se ata o se tatau na o mai ma i laua. Tatau also means rightness or balance. A woman’s vā, a vā that questions the current space and beliefs around the relationship between women and the malu. Tyla brings us full-swimming-circle back to Tilafaiga and Taema. Vā is everything. Ae le tata tane. It can take many weeks to complete, is very painful and used to be a necessary prerequisite to receiving a Fa'amatai title; this however is no longer the case. For more information read They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel, which tells a story about the tatau’s origins and its evolution from the Pacific Islands. Li’o Tusiofo o Siumu ma nisi o tufuga ta tatau ma nisi o le ‘aumatutua o Samoa. <> Curated by Sean Mallon, Tatau is a photography exhibition of Sāmoan tatau practices, showing at Te Papa Tongarewa. 0000028121 00000 n O ia uiga o tama’ita’i, e lautala ai le ‘aupopoto o Samoa i ana Talatu’u ma Tala o le Vavau. AaTG��Ö�P(��� zb"4�-��D 0000011878 00000 n SCB Apia Maroons, Tepatasi crowned champions. The SCB Apia Maroons women’s team and Tepatasi are the winners of the 2020 Iva Savaii 7s tournament with major sponsor Vodafone Samoa praising their sportmanship. How far can we go? Before their eradication from the islands, both men and women did bear tattoos with varying characteristics. O le sailiiliga e ese le mau a le atu sasae, ese fo’i le taofi o le atu sisifo o Samoa. O ia na amataina fa’aopoopo le la’au o le “luaga” i maota, lea ua fa’ai’u ai lona suafa. The vā in this exhibition (as in any exhibition of photography) is also the one between the viewed and the viewer. [5] The traditional female tattoo in Samoa is the Malu. The Pe'a is the popular name of the traditional male tatau (tattoo) of Samoa, also known as the malofie, a term used in the Samoan language chiefly vocabulary and "respect" register (gagana fa'aaloalo). The Pe'a can take less than a week to complete, or, in some cases, years. 0000016174 00000 n Sign in for free to read more articles below: E pei o se lamepa lotolotoi i le pogisa, ma o le a le-mate le susulu o lona malamalama e ofaga iai mafaufauga o tupulaga au i luma o Samoa. Inside these skins? 0000003458 00000 n [15] During the colonial era when Samoa fell under German rule, several Europeans underwent the pe'a ritual, including Englishman Arthur Pink, Erich Schultz (the last German governor of Samoa), and a number of German colonial officials. [14] This was not the case, however, in the other Polynesian islands, and the master tattooists of the Su'a Sulu'ape family have been instrumental in the revival of traditional tattooing in French Polynesia, Tonga, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Hawaii, where a new generation of Pacific tattooists have learned the Samoan techniques and protocols. [clarification needed]. O le tatau (pe’a) o le faiva lea e mamanu ai tino o tamatane Samoa. It was not just the men who received tattoos, but the women too, although their designs are of a much lighter nature, resembling a filigree rather than having the large areas of solid dye which are frequently seen in men's tattoos. Ona faaalia la lea, e moni, e mai Fiti le faiva ta tatau, ae i ai fo’i itu e fete’ena’i ai le taofi. E faamaonia, o gatai o Falealupo i Savaii, na ulua’i tau ane i ai teine na malaga mai. Come into Greg Semu’s vā. Tatau itself is vā. In Samoan custom, a Pe'a is only done the traditional way, with aspects of cultural ceremony and ritual, and has a strong meaning for the one who receives it. I’m glad to hear that there was someone out there who was full of cross-cultural hope and happiness, but it was not the New Zealand that I lived in. 0000003181 00000 n Tupu le fafine, ta le tatau, ia fanafanau. The Pe'a covers the body from waist to the knees. But things happen. You won’t know this unless the story is already known to you, or until you find your way deeper into the maze and discover the words on the wall, next to the au (tattoo instruments). Published online: 02 April 2010. Samoans are the only Polynesians who continued to practice the tradition of Tatau after the Europeans’ arrival. [11] The smallest combs, used to make dots ("tala"), are aptly called 'au fa'atala, or 'au mono. - upu fiafia, ua lata taunuu se faamoemoe, -  o le a tini fo’i se malaga, se faamoemoe. 0000002481 00000 n The Pantograph Punch publishes Summary. Missionaries successfully wiped out much of the historically important information on these ancient ways of tattooing, and today some Tongans are not even aware that their ancestors bore tattoos despite the fact of its importance in Pacific Island cultures. When they emerged, their song had changed, the lyrics now saying that only men get the tattoo and not women.

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