Shared voices: performance, knowledge and connection

Sharing their voices and highlighting this theme:

Steven Gagau co-curator of the Views of the Pacific will share and reflect on the seminal contemporary poetry of his uncle, Apisai Enos of Papua New Guinea, author of the collections High Water: Poems (1971), Warbat: Magic Love Songs of the Tolais (1971) and Tabapot: Poems and Designs ( 1975).

Became Temu and his family will discuss their work in transmitting cultural knowledge to Papua New Guineans living in the Diaspora through song and dance. They will feature traditional folk songs and dances in the Keakalo language from the Aroma villages of Kapari Viriolo in the central province of Papua New Guinea, and a song or two of “Peroveta” introduced by missionaries from the South Seas island. of the London Missionary Society.

Lion Tanoi will talk about his Samoan ancestry, knowledge and experiences in preserving genealogies through the traditions of chiefs and the power of Samoan oratory. He will also share some of the ways in which traditional song and dance forms have been transformed by young Samoans through their interaction with them in new contexts and settings.

Grace Hull will share his work with historic recordings of songs and dances from the Trobriand Islands and the role diaspora communities can play in preserving and enhancing their cultural heritage held in Australian institutions to ensure the transmission of songs and dances and the cultural knowledge they represent. to future generations.

Professor Jioji RavuloChair of Social Work and Policy Studies at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, will guide and engage in a panel discussion following the presentations, providing insight into his iTaukei (indigenous) Fijian heritage and advocacy work of local collaboration and the meaningful inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and practices in research and education settings.

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