Whispers & Vanities

Whispers & Vanities

by His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Tupul His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Tupuloa Tufuga Efi, Albert Wendt, Jenny Plane Te Paa Daniel Vitolia Moa, Naomi Fuamatu, Up Vaai


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This collection of essays and selected poetry responds to an address on Samoan religious culture given by Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, to the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The address challenges some fundamental aspects of and assumptions in modern Samoan indigenous religious culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775501602
Publisher: HUIA
Publication date: 01/31/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi holds nationally recognised traditional chiefly titles and is seen across Samoa to be one of the leading custodians of Samoa’s indigenous knowledge. He was former Head of State of Samoa, a position he held from 2007 to 2017. He was also former Prime Minister of Samoa, Leader of the, then, Opposition Party (Samoa Democratic United Party) and a Member of the Samoa Parliament from 1966‒2004. He is recognised internationally for his work on, what he describes as, Samoa’s indigenous reference.

Table of Contents

Brief Explanation of the Book Cover xi

Foreword (Theophilus Okere) xv

Acknowledgements and Editor's Notes xix

Glossary of Samoan Terms xxiii

Introduction Tamasailau M Suaalii-Sauni et al. 1

1 Whispers and Vanities in Samoan Indigenous Religious Culture Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Efi 11

2 Mauli Maualaivao Albert Wendt 43

3 Le Aso ma le Taeao - The Day and the Hour: Life or Demise for "Whispers and Vanities"? Vitolia Mo'a 45

4 Whispers, Whisperers, Whispering … Jenny Plane Te Paa Daniel 59

5 Taxi 2016 Momoe Malietoa Von Reiche 71

6 The Culture of Whispers: Colonialism, Secrets and Shame Paul Morris 73

7 Notes and Questions in the Margin Raymond Pelly 83

8 Plea to the Spanish Lady Serie (Cherie) Barford 93

9 Crossing Cultures in Oceania Jione Havea 95

10 The Prayer of a Fa'atosaga: Fa'aaloalo in Samoan Indigenous Religious Culture Upolu Luma Va'ai 103

11 Our Past Ruperake Petaia 111

12 Exploring X-Rated Cultural Practices Fonoti Lafitai I Fuata'i 113

13 Buried Treasure Brada Shore 129

14 O Kaulaiku Dan Taulapapa McMullin 139

15 When the Waters Met: Some Shared Histories of Christianity and Ancestral Samoan Spirituality Toeolesulusulu Damon Ieremia Salesa 143

16 ?And the Word was God': Disentangling Language Games in Oceania Tut Rakuita 159

17 From Centre to Periphery: The Trajectories of Societies' Ideas Cluny Macpherson La'avasa Macpherson 167

18 Daddy Said Tafea Polamalu 177

19 "Whispers and Vanities": A Critical Inquiry Anne-Marie Tupuola 181

20 ?Lifting the Veil': The Spirit of Mafutaga in Samoan Dance Rituals Naomi Fuamatu 191

21 Two Nudes on a Tahitian Beach, 1894 Selina Tusitala Marsh 201

22 Whispers, Vanities, Covert and Overt Fury … Pamela Stephenson Connolly 203

23 A Living Legacy Jennifer Freeman 213

24 Le Ala i le Mafa e … The Path Towards Enlightenment Karen Lupe 225

25 S?Nafanua Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard 241

26 Sina and Nafanua: Mother Goddess Enacting Primordial Spirituality in Samo Caroline Sinavaiana Gabbard 243

27 Whispering Back from Rotuma Vilsoni Hereniko 255

28 I Don't Know How to Whisper! Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa 263

29 The Daffodils - From a Native's Perspective Sia Figiel 271

30 Mana Whakatipu Reina Whaitiri 275

31 Indigenous Knowledges: Insight and Intrigue Tracey McIntosh 289

32 Saipan Revisited 1997 Noumea Simi 299

33 No Need to Whisper: Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge and Education in the Pacific Konai Helu Thaman 301

34 To Educate is to Touch the Soul! Authority and Dignity in ?Hearing' Indigenous Samoan Whispers and Fijian Silences Unaisi Nabobo-Baba 315

35 Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Tusiata Avia 323

36 Tomorrow Began Yesterday Stephen L Filipo 325

37 The Gospel and the Samoan Soul Anthony Kelly 339

38 For Tasi (Dotsy) Victoria Nolani Kneubuhl 347

Afterword Maualaivao Albert Wendt 351

Biographical Notes 355

Index 371

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