Woman with a tattoo on her chin. The background is a green woven plant fibre with digital flowers

Tok stori Vikitolia Pasifiki and Te Vainui O Pasifika

What
EXHIBITION
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Welcome to Te Vainui O Pasifika | the great waters of the Pacific peoples.

This exhibition was made with the Pacific Island Advisory Group and community members as one of Melbourne Museum’s opening exhibitions in 2001. From December 2020, Tok stori Vikitolia Pasifiki brings today’s Pacific voices to the beloved original exhibition.

We invite you to connect with a man kan tru | ancestral objects from across the Wan Solwara | Te Moana nui a Kiwa | Pacific Ocean. These taonga | precious treasures hold the wairua | spirit and mauri | life force of Pacific ancestors. In the sounds that envelop the space, we share with you the mana | power of Pacific people. It is through these buderi | cultural possessions, images, stories and sounds that the essence of living cultures are expressed, to honour those who have championed the vasa loaloa | wide oceans.

In partnership with the Victorian Pacific Cultural Leaders Advisory Group, we have filled this space with the voices and stories of today’s Pacific communities. You will hear kaang temaan kin | personal stories and sacred histories, and see measina | treasures from the perspective of Victorians whose hearts span across the Wan Solwara | Te Moana nui a Kiwa | Pacific Ocean.

Find out more

You can hear more Tok stori Vikitolia Pasifiki | Victorian Pacific Community Stories at the exhibition website.

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