The three Fijian Confederacy Days (Kubuna Day, Burebasaga Day and Tovata Day), saw many Fijian families - some of which spanned three generations - attend these special days.
Fijians are very patriotic people, so cultural days are one of the most effective ways of inviting them into the museum space. Any events that include family lineage or highlight maternal links (vasu) tend to attract Fijians to attend. One of the other discoveries we made was the power of social media to put the word out and help to share these stories beyond the walls.
We were so thankful that we were able to help bring a great many Fijian families into the museum to view their ancestral treasures.
Over the year, we have spent hundreds of hours looking at over 1,500 objects from pineapple clubs to kava bowls. The experience of researching and documenting these Fijian artefacts has enriched our lives in so many ways. During the journey, we have shared our back-room experiences; the sights, the learnings, and the stories with our families, and they too have deepened their own knowledge of Fijian culture.