Kua`aina Associates presents, "Celebrating Pacific Island Art" (CPIA)
An afternoon with Su’a Tupuola Wilson Fitiao a Tufuga ta Tatau, a traditional Samoan Tattoo Master. Su'a will share the history, format and legacy of the Samoan traditional tattoo and his journey as a Tufuga ta Tatau.
Who Should Attend: Members of the Pacific Island Community, Tattoo Artists & Tattoo Enthusiast
Su’a Tupuola Wilson Fitiao is from the village of Matu’u, American Samoa and is a Tufuga ta Tatau, a traditional Samoan Tattoo master. Su’a Wilson achieved his credentials by working alongside a master Tufuga ta Tatau, engaging in all aspects of the art form, which included the making of the tools from wild boar’s tusk and laumei, preparing the lama for the ink, going to sessions with the master tufuga to pull while he tattoos the bearer, studying the patterns of the pe’a as they are incised into the skin, and getting a traditional Samoan full bodied tattoo himself to empathize with the pain and what it feels like to go under the tusk.
About the "Celebrating Pacific Island Arts"
"Celebrating Pacific Island Arts" (CPIA) is a series of workshops and presentations featuring visiting artists from American Samoa and Hawai`i who are cultural practitioners in Samoan Siapo (tapa/kapa making), Hawaiian featherwork, Samoan and Hawaiian tattoo traditions and Hawaiian mele (song/poetry). These notable artists will share their cultural practice through lecture, demonstration, instruction and performance.
CPIA will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) celebrations scheduled taking place in San Francisco throughout the year. The PPIE had strong implications on the U.S. part in terms of marketing Pacific Island tourism and trade, and supported ideas about race as a justification of U.S. expansion in the Pacific. “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” promises to bring a Pacific Island presence and voice to the community during the PPIE anniversary celebrations. CPIA is especially timely since California is the home of the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders outside of their island home thus playing a major role in defining the “Pacific Island” diaspora and the master narrative of “American Identity”.
"CPIA" series is presented by Kua`aina, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA."CPIA "is made possible through the generous support of the Christensen Fund, The Akonadi Foundatio 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors.
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When & Where
Kua`aina Associates, Inc.
Kua`aina Associates was established in 2005 and provides capacity building assistance to Indigeneous cultural and art organizations, individual artists and produces special projects. To provide these services, Kua`aina draws from a pool of associates who bring to a project an array of expertise such as: program development, project coordination and management, technical and cultural writing, marketing and public relations, fund development, visual and performing arts, traditional arts, and indigenous knowledge. Kua`aina operates under the notion that working collectively on a project provides an opportunity for a more monumental outcome, thereby contributing to the maintenance and sharing of the life ways of cultural and artistic expression.
Kua`aina Associates’ Vision is to support the continuity of indigenous knowledge and expression through art and cultural practices as a means to evoke a new vision during a new time, thus embracing a universal message of peace, compassion, tolerance and healing.
Kua`aina Associates’ Mission is to perpetuate indigenous cultures and the arts by supporting projects that provide opportunities for emerging indigenous artists and cultural masters in both traditional and contemporary forms through program development, program management and special projects.