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Women 'ignite a fire' to keep cultural traditions alive

RNZ 21 Feb 2021
"Then we started thinking, 'let's go bigger; we have seen these smaller things being made overseas but we haven't seen a ngatu being made outside of Tonga', the real authentic ngatu." ... The artist behind this creation, Mele Tonga-Grant, said she made it for her children who are of both Tongan and Māori descent.
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Giant, Fruit-Gulping Pigeon Eaten into Extinction on Pacific Islands

Heritage Daily 22 Jul 2020
A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction ... Tonga’s four ... “There wasn’t a plant on Fiji or Tonga that Art didn’t know, including all of the pigeon-dispersed fruits,” Steadman said.
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state of the arts

The Independent 03 Jul 2020
Street Art Boy, by director Ben Anthony, tells his story and reveals why, 30 years after his death from an Aids-related illness at the age of 31, his work bestrides popular culture like a bespectacled colossus ... Cultural appropriation? Who is allowed to tell the story of the Tonga. How the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter.
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