Moana Oceania - Fiji - Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi

FIJI

Drua

This is a model of a Fijian drua, a double hulled sailing canoe. The Fijian drua was the largest and finest ocean-going vessel which could range up to 100 feet in length. They were made by highly skilled hereditary canoe builders and other specialist makers for the woven sail, coconut fibre sennit rope and paddles.
Commissioned and made by Alex Kennedy 2002, collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, FE011790
Illustration by Cecelia Faumuina

Indigenous iTaukei Worldview

Paper prepared by Dr Tarisi Vunidilo

This paper is written from an Indigenous iTaukei[1] perspective on the discussion of ‘art.’ The two key questions of ‘what is art?’ and ‘how is art valued?’ is embedded in the discussions throughout the five sections of this paper. I deliberately included real life experiences that I observed and participated in, so as to provide a sense of real talanoa and real dialogue in the quest of answering these two questions.  [1] iTaukei is currently the official term used to describe Indigenous Fijians. I will use iTaukei in this paper thesis rather than Taukei, as I believe that the term iTaukei is more formal and respectful.  Read more