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- How does the social function of song, music, dance, and tattoo represent and are represented of Pacific Islanders?
KEY CONCEPTS: Cultural loss, Cultural Revival
Chamoru Dreams by
Director Eric Tydingco searches for his Chamoru roots in his native homeland, Guam. With the help of his family and artist Leonard Iriarte, he learns about Chamoru culture.
Kaulana Nā Pua by
Written by Ellen Keho'ohiwoakalani Wright Pendergast in 1893. This was a mele of opposition to the annexation of Hawai'i to the United States. Originally this mele was titled Mele ʻAi Pōhaku (The Stone Eating Song) and was also known as Mele Aloha ʻĀina.
The New Oceania: Albert Wendt, writer
The New Oceania chronicles Wendt's life and combines in-depth research, extensive travel, striking archival footage, and the personal story of a charismatic individual who offers a fresh perspective on this country. It also includes dramatisations of Wendt's vivid story-telling. In both Samoa and New Zealand, Wendt's work has generated controversy while inspiring the young.
Skin Stories by
Tracing back more than 2,000 years to the Pacific Islands, tattoo is an ancient art form that began as a rite of passage for Polynesians and has become a form of expression for people worldwide.
One of most treasured heritage art forms in the Pacific is our dance -- and expression of our social roles, status, our joy for life and our soul. In Samoa and Tonga one of the most revered dances is the Taualuga -- the dance of life.