During the on-line weekly platform each of our ‘Arts’ of Moana Oceania contributors shared/presented their paper/thoughts on what art is from their own Indigenous unique lens.
‘Tok Stori’ in Context:
We draw on the knowledge of one of our contributors to ‘Arts’ of Moana Oceania, Dr Kabini Sanga, to contextualise the concept and practice of ‘Tok Stori’ and he explains that: “Tok stori, a form of discursive communication, is an everyday occurrence in the Western Moana Oceania region. To speak of tok stori is to invoke a way of negotiating with the social world. In tok stori, storying is something one does together: a story is constructed by speakers and listeners. Tok stori takes place when people interchange and exchange, creating a collective experience in which the development of relationships is both an accompaniment to, and a purpose of, storying. Group activity which develops knowledge is the stuff of life in Western Moana Oceania societies: this truth is embodied in the everyday nature of tok stori."
Check out this this blog for more on tok stori by Dr Kabini Sanga & Dr Martyn Reynolds: https://www.dlprog.org/opinions/talking-about-tok-stori