Category: Samoan Traditional Art

From tatau to ie toga to tuiga, siapo and ula fala, Samoans hold dear an array of traditional crafts. These are our posts about the tangible symbols of our culture.

Samoan Traditional Art Tatau - Samoan Tattoo

How the Tatau (Samoan tattoo) helped one man re-discover his cultural heritage [video]

Here’s a beautiful little film by Crystal Vaega that might help you learn the significance of the traditional Samoan tattoo to Samoan people. It tells the story of Sonny Natanielu, who was born in Samoa but lost his connection to our culture when his family moved with him to New Zealand. The film explores a […]

Samoan Culture Tatau - Samoan Tattoo

Do I have to be Samoan to get a Samoan tattoo?

I’m still working on the the final of my 3-part series about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – everything I learned from personal research and from my teacher of Samoan culture, the late Afioga Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale. Here’s the whole series: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo – Part 2 […]

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