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Closeup of a tattoo on a man's thighs

Tatau: Tatau Sāmoa ma ata puʻe Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography

Tīgā. Faʻasinomaga. ʻAuala fou. Maimoa mai i le Tatau Sāmoa e ala i ata puʻe o ni tagata puʻeata se toʻafā – aʻo faʻagasolo le taimi i Sāmoa, Aotearoa Niu Sila, ma tala atu. ʻOleʻā ʻe faʻalogo foʻi i le tāua o le Tatau Sāmoa mai i a latou ʻoloʻo lāʻeiina nei faʻailoga paʻia.

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Pain. Identity. Innovation. Experience Sāmoan tattooing through the lenses of four photographers – across time, in Sāmoa, Aotearoa

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, and beyond. You’ll also hear about tatau’s significance from those who wear these sacred markings.

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Ko te tatau, ko te tāpatupatu uhi e haehae ai i te kiri, he mamae, he mana, he tapu. Mā ēnei karu nō te tokowhā kaihopu whakaahua e rongo ai i te tā tatautanga i te takanga o te wā, i te takahanga o te ao. Ka rongo kōrero anō mō te hunga kua tāia ki te uhi tapu, arā, ki te autā.

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  • When | Āhea 9 Nov 2019 – 7 Jun 2020
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Floor has some shallow slopes
    • Accessible toilet.

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For educators Mā te pouako

Using the new Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography exhibition, students learn about tatau’s significance from those who wear these ceremonial markings.
Adornment and Identity education visit
Inside an exhibition, large photographs of tattooed men hang on the walls

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