Noqu vosa, noqu i yau talei
My Language, My Treasure
A talanoa on the use of Voivoi and Masi in objects held at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum, from the planting to the finished products.
The talanoa centres around Fijian treasures made from plants and botanical specimens held in the Auckland Museum collections. An educational talanoa for children and young people, and for the older generation it will take them back down memory lane. The talanoa speaks to the importance of plants in Fijian culture and delves into design and the many plants that have been used traditionally and are still used today to produce beautiful treasures such as Iri ni Meke, Tabua and Masi Kesa.
We were honoured and privileged to be joined by special guests: Joana Monolagi (Serua/Auckland), Alipate Trail (Fiji/Auckland) and Tarisi Vunidilo (Hawaii) and had input before the talanoa from Marika Tuiwawa (Curator of Botany, Fiji).
Please note that due to technical difficulties this recording missed the introduction and Fijian blessing part of the Zoom.