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Keeping Our Stories Alive

Keeping Our Stories Alive.

by Lana Lopesi and Grace Teuila Evelyn Iwashita-Taylor

This book explores Samoan tatau in two parts: the first part is an interview with tattooist Tyla Vaeau and the second is a comic that retells how tatau came to Sāmoa. The interview with Tyla explores her Samoan culture, how she became a tufuga tā masini (electric tattoo artist), the process and practice of tattooing, and the significance of being a woman working with tatau. The comic retells the origin story of how tatau – and in particular the malu – came to Sāmoa through Tilafaigā and Taemā. The book links to the article “For the Ancestors”, published in School Journal, Level 3, November 2019, which recounts one woman’s experience of receiving her malu.

Series: School Journal Story Library

Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 4

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Publication date: January 2020

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