Kōrero: Samoans

‘Tapa‘au’ (2 o 3)

‘Tapa‘au’

This 1992 lithograph is by Fatu Feu‘u, who was born on the island of Savai‘i and came to New Zealand to study art. His work has given fresh meaning to traditional Samoan motifs. In ‘Tapa‘au’, which is the Samoan word for a woven coconut mat, the white frangipani blossom and frigate birds are symbols of birth and life.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Lithograph by Fatu Feu'u

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Contributions to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/1632/tapaau (accessed 1 October 2020)

He kōrero nā Misatauveve Melani Anae, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015