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Ngatu: Keeping the Tradition Alive

Teachers and students sitting around a table

by Iona McNaughton

Megan and Lita are cousins who belong to the Tongan community in Wellington. This article describes how every week they come together with their mothers, grandmother, and other women and girls to learn about Tongan culture and how to make ngatu (tapa cloth). It explains the process of making ngatu and the significance of the cloth, and it demonstrates how such traditions are passed down through the generations.

Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

Learning area: English, The Arts, Social Sciences, Technology

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: Listed in TSM

Topics: community, culture, design, family, feta‘aki, grandparents, identity, lea faka-Tonga, ngatu, parents, processes, tapa, Tonga, traditions

In: School Journal Level 2 June 2018

Publication date: June 2018

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