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My culture is my identity and personality. It gives me spiritual, intellectual and emotional distinction from others, and I am proud of it ~ M.F. Moonzajer

Arts and Culture

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Understanding one's heritage and history can expand an individual's knowledge of the world we live in. Community learning is a way for our elders, adults, and children to share their cultural identities safely and in a more inclusive space. 

For centuries, Pacific Islanders' history, arts, and culture were handed down from generation to generation by performing or doing--meaning learning by hands-on. Some believe that the Pacific didn't have a written language until the arrival of the foreigners. Our Arts and Culture programs are designed as a comprehensive approach to increasing students' engagement in school via cultural identity. The use of visual aids can help students interested in a particular subject. This kind of learning is also highly interactive, assisting the students to become even more involved in their education.

 

Tatau, Samoan word for Tattoo

The art of tattooing is thought to have originated from Polynesia, and the word tattoo is from the Samoan word “Tatau” (which means initiation) introduced in the English language by Captain James Cook after returning from his voyages in the South Pacific in the mid – 18th century. To be tattooed as a male or female is a rite of passage into the inner circle of chiefs.

Vanuatu ~ Ambrym: The Black Island

Ambrym (also known as Ambrin, “ham rim” in the Ranon language) was allegedly named by Captain James Cook, who is said to have anchored off there in 1774. Vanuatu, consisting of a chain of 13 principal and many smaller islands located about 500 miles (800 km) west of Fiji and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) east of Australia.

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