Latest News for: Tonga art


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.

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.

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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