Pacific Language Weeks 2014

The 2014 Pacific Language Week line-up begins with Samoa language week in May and ends with Tokelau language week in early November.

Samoan Language Week

This years theme for Samoan Language week (25th – 31st May) is “Taofi mau i au measina”, “Hold fast to your treasures”.

Pacific language weeks provide a chance for Pacific language and culture to be promoted and maintained through song, dance, cultural displays, language debates, speech competitions, constitution celebrations and more.

This years Pacific Language Week programme is as follows;

Samoa Language Week: 25-31 May
Cook Islands Language Week: 4-10 August
Tonga Language Week: 1-7September
Tuvalu Language Week: 29 September-5 October
Fiji Language Week: 6-12 October
Niue Language Week: 13-19 October
Tokelau Language Week: 26 October-1 November

In support of this upcoming week of celebration of Samoan language and culture here are some of the resources available at Wellingon City Libraries.

Syndetics book coverGagana Sāmoa : a Samoan language coursebook / Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin.
“Gagana Samoa is a modern Samoan language resource. Designed for both classroom and personal use, it features:a methodical approach suitable for all ages an emphasis on patterns of speech and communication through practice and examples10 practical dialogues covering everyday social situations an introduction to the wider culture of faasamoa through photographs more than 950 exercises to reinforce comprehensiona glossary of all Samoan words used in the coursebook oral skills supplemented by an optional CD. Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin was born in Faleula, Western Samoa, in 1945. He became the foundation tutor of Samoan language and culture at the Pacific Islanders’ Educational Resource Centre, Auckland, in 1977. Four years later he was appointed director of the Wellington Multicultural Educational Resource Centre. He is now a senior lecturer in Samoan studies at Victoria University”. (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverSāmoan word book / Aumua Mataitusi Simanu and Luafata Simanu-Klutz ; illustrated by Regina Meredith Malala.
“Features beautifully illustrated vocabulary words, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary. Word categories include family, home, school, the body, opposites, numbers, nature, and time. Illustrations by Regina Meredith Malala bring terms to life. A cassette tape recorded by a native speaker is available.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Samoan picture dictionary / [illustrations by Dale Tutill]. “The Samoan Picture Dictionary is an excellent resource for people beginning to speak or write Samoan. It contains over 1000 commonly used words, and words needing further explanation are given in English and Samoan sentences to aid comprehension. Wordlists include parts of the body, telling the time, colours, numbers, days of the week and months of the year.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow do you say ‘thank you’? / Karamia Müller ; illustrations by Mark Paterson.
“Alofa and Filipo want to learn gagana Sāmoa so at bedtime they ask their parents how to say various things in the Samoan language”. Suggested level: junior.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverO le talo Sione / tusia e Lino Nelisi ; ‘o ata na tusia e Elspeth Williamson ; fa’a li liuina e A’oga Fa’a-Samoa.
“The story of Sione and his crops and the preparation of a feast, translated into Samoan. This children’s story has full page colour illustrations showing a happy group of people enjoying the generosity of their land.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSamoa / text by Sarona Aiono-Iosefa ; photographs by Noel Bartley.
“Introduces the history, geography, weather, flora and fauna, food, social structure, political history, religion, and the unique ceremonies of American Samoa and independent Samoa.” Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMea’ai Samoa : recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia / Robert Oliver with Dr Tracy Berno and Shiri Ram.
“The cuisine, traditions and environment of Samoa presented in recipes, photographs and stories.” (Publisher information)

Syndetics book coverSamoan art and artists = O measina a Samoa / Sean Mallon.
“For almost 3,000 years, Samoans have selectively rejected, adapted, or appropriated influences within and outside their island group. Often not only the objects themselves are important but how they are used, so in order to understand the importance of each piece in Samoan society, Mallon provides ample cultural information. Contemporary artists describe their own work. The well-informed text is lavishly illustrated with early photographs, color photographs, and explicit diagrams.” (Abridged from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverʻO solo o sulatoga : ʻo le faʻatāuaina o measina a Sāmoa / Leʻautuliʻilagi Taotua Malaetā Faʻasapisapi Sauvao.
“O lenei tusi o Sulatoga ua vaevaeina i ituaiga fa’aaloaloga e sula ai le toga pa’ia a Samoa e pei o fa’aaloaloga i: ‘Ekalesia ma Fa’afeagaiga o Ifoga o Fa’aipoipoga Fa’aulufalega o Mafutaga ma Fa’alapotopotoga Maliu o Momoliga o se Faife’au o So’o se fa’aaloaloga o Solo e sula ai inati o sulatoga. ‘Ua iai le fa’anaunauga ‘o le a aoga tele lenei tusi mo i latou e fia fa’atinoina le sulatoga. E fa’apena foi ona aoga lenei tusi i faia’oga ‘o le Gagana Samoa, e fa’atino ai galuega tau gagana mo vasega. E aoga foi i so’o se tagata ‘olo’o fia maua atili le malamalama’aga i lenei foi tu ma aganu’u a Samoa.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTatau : Samoan tattoo, New Zealand art, global culture / photographs by Mark Adams ; [written by] Sean Mallon, Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas.
“Samoan tattoing, or tatau is an ancient Polynesian art tradition and rite of passage that reaches its most powerful expression in the full body male tattoo, the pe’a. Building on the internationally touring exhibition Tatau, this extraordinary series of images by leading photographer Mark Adams documents the story of tatau in the Pacific and its remarkable globalisation.” (Syndetics summary)