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by Tusiata Avia

Tusiata Avia writes from the child’s perspective as the narrator’s mother receives a tuālima (a tattoo on the back of the hand). Arranged chronologically, the author details particulars of the ceremony, sometimes using gagana Sāmoa terms, and sharing the attention equally between what’s happening and the emotions felt.

Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Related titles: see TSM

Topics: ceremony, culture, family, grief, identity, loss, memory, Pacific, poem, resilience, Sāmoa, Samoan tattoo, tatau, tradition, tuālima, tugfuga tātatau

In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

Publication date: August 2020

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