About the author
Talei Tuʻinukuafe is the Collection Manager, Pacific at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. She is also a Doctoral Candidate in Art History at the University of Auckland. Her doctoral research aims to establish an indigenous art historical record of precolonial head-adornment practices in Polynesia.
1 Chief. (Pratt, A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language, with English and Samoan Vocabulary, 71).
2 Young, titled son of the chief (male heir).
3 Young, unmarried, ceremonial hostess of high rank, charged with the reception and entertainment of visitors to the village. She was selected by the chief from the young girls of his household (and was usually his own daughter).
4 Title bestowals.
5 The taking of food to visitors by a whole district at once. (Pratt, A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language, with English and Samoan Vocabulary, 275).
6 A specific type of dance that forms the finale in a series of performances. The manaia or taupou is the solo dancer for taualuga but is supported by others that aiuli (support through exaggerated clown-like movements).
7 Treasure. (Pratt, A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language, with English and Samoan Vocabulary, 409).
8 Some Tuiga also used lauulu bundles that were left unbleached.
9 Blue crowned lory (Vini australis).
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