Sunday, September 02, 2007

Barkcloth and whale's tooth


from w
Still grounded with a bad cough so I ain't going anywhere. So I just drew one view inside the lounge room which includes barkcloth, a garland made of hibiscus fibre rosettes, a whale's tooth, a vase and a book.

(added later)

In the Fiji Times I saw a photo of Tui Macuata and a pile of tabua whales teeth, a huge pile, and this photo shows the context in which whales teeth are given and received - usually as just one, but in some ceremonies a huge number which is a very costly and extravagant exercise to someone outside the Fijian culture. After the final ceremony at Naduri, the tabua would be re-districtuted amongst the people of Macuata as a thank you for the week of hospitality.

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3 Comments:

Blogger jledmiston said...

Wow. This is beautiful.

12:54 AM  
Blogger memo said...

pretty drawing. Big whale tooth. Didn't know they were that big.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Thanks.Maybe I drew the garland a bit small, but it is a fine tabua, a precious item to remember a family rite of passage. Though whales teeth usually move on and on when the need arises such as a marriage, a funeral, an apology.
w.

5:04 PM  

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