Na Vosa Ni Tabua (The Voice of Tabua) In celebration of Fijian Language Week (3 Oct 2016 – 9 Oct 2016) we have installed four tabua in our Te Kākano display case. Daren Kamali selected the works and wrote a poem in the Fijian and English languages. Daren Kamali selecting tabua from the Auckland Museum collection.Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira Na Vosa Ni Tabua (The Voice of Tabua) BY DAREN KAMALI Tabua is the most treasured yau talei (possession) to Itaukei (Indigenous Fijians) Na bati vatakei na sui ni tavuto (whale's tooth and bone) Tabua derives from the word Tabu In Fijian Sacred Harvested from i bulubulu (graves) of sperm whales Tabuas are polished with waiwai (coconut oil) Sometimes rerega (tumeric) for darker colour Holes drilled: tip and butt of the Tabua Braided magimagi or ulu ni tamata (coconut sennit/human hair) lashings. Tabua are not worn but presented with a chord in the figure walu (eight) Sevusevu (gifted) at na ivakamau, siga ni sucu and somate (marriage, birthdays, funerals) It has the ability to weigh heavy as a soro (apology) token The vagauna (occasion) and sevusevu (presentation) Determines the Tabuas spiritual value It is vakaturaga (chiefly) to have many Tabua in Viti (Fiji) Na Tabua is Vaka Yalo (spiritual) Listen to Daren recite his poem Tabua (whale's tooth), FijiGift of the Honourable JB Turner, 1925Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira 13571 Related objects print share remove reset export Displaying 1 - 6 of 15 records ornament, neck Type: Object / ArtefactDate: UnknownContributor: unknownPlace: Solomon IslandsID: 32295Description: … towards point; perhaps begun as tabua but never was finished; alternatively may be hung around neck as a pendant.… tooth On display Type: Object / ArtefactPlace: FijiID: 53887Description: …Tabua x 3, presentation whale's teeth. Plaited pandanus leaf cord attached.… presentation whale tooth Type: Object / ArtefactDate: UnknownContributor: unknownPlace: PacificID: 35651.1Description: Tambua - excellent yellow-brown colour. Ovoid shape unusual. Converging hole at both ends. Still retains cord. Excellent and tight box plait of plaited sennit. Etched with… ornament, neck Type: Object / ArtefactDate: UnknownContributor: unknownPlace: Vanua LevuID: 31896Description: necklace made of whale teeth. eleven teeth bound by sinnet and tapa cloth. illustrated in 'Polynesian Artifacts' pl 63. bone, whale Type: Object / ArtefactPlace: FijiID: 1925.92Description: …whale bone carved to resemble a tabua, presentation whale tooth. converging holes at both ends… headrest Type: Object / ArtefactPlace: FijiID: 1925.92Description: …wooden headrest. bulky rest of tabua shape. 'Tabuwa' carved at the bottom of one side. two feet… We have more objects related to this topic. View them all.