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Writing with our limbs: bodies and tongues

Alo, Allan A. and Koya, Cresantia F. (2011) Writing with our limbs: bodies and tongues. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Performing Arts Dance, Music and Poetry are expressions of human feelings; methods for communicating and telling stories of myths, legends, genealogies and histories that are the collective memories and conscience of Pacific Culture. Despite vast research that supports the significance of the Performing Arts; dance, music and poetry, in education and human development among other things, little institutional level, is evident in the Pacific island countries. The overall images that emerge from literature are seen to be the kinds of activities strictly relegated to the realm of culture (with the exception of film), entertainment (for tourism, for example) or the privileged west and those with access to it. This panel presentation will show how Performing Arts – Dance, Music & Poetry today not only reflect people’s history and culture, but also explore society. They provide opportunity for critical examination of complex islander identities, modernity and development in the struggles against 1: tensions; 2: misinterpretations; and 3: globalization and climate change. First, tensions will highlight the notions of cultural and spiritual silence concerning taboos surrounding sex education and the effect that has on the spread of the HIV virus that is threatening entire Pacific cultures. Second, the fa’afafine journey has been recorded extensively in numerous ways by anthropologists, religious practitioners, psychologists, and film-makers with few attempts to appreciate how fa’afafine themselves understand their lives and identities hence, misinterpretations and misconstrued information about sexuality and fa’afafine phenomenology has been the norm in western constructs. Third, Globalization and climate change have had devastating impacts on Pacific island nations.

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Additional Information: The Samoa Conference is an annual event hosted by the National University of Samoa. Previously the Measina Conference, the Samoa Conference is an international event conducted in the English Language while the Measina has been reviewed to be an annual event conducted in the Samoan Language. My interest in presenting at the conference was two-fold, firstly as a Pacific islander of Samoan descent and secondly with my own interests in Pacific Studies and Education. I presented two papers with Allan Alo, presented on a Panel in response to Albert Wendt (along side Sina Va’ai and Vanya Tauleao). I also assisted Allan Alo, Momoe Von Reiche and Leua Leonard in choreographing “inside us the dead” a students performance enacting Albert Wendt’s poem of the same title and participated in the Poetry night event.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 05:56
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 04:51

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