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Young Tongan Women Preserve Traditional Culture

April 30, 2024
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“Todays workshop aims to revive and ensure the continuation of Tongan traditions within younger generations,” stated Tongan Cultural Expert Siosi’ana ‘Uheina Kalaniuvalu.

Spearheaded by the Pacific Women’s Professional Business Network led by Seini Afeaki, the Senior Advisor for the organisation, supported by Akanesi Kaufusi, founder of Siuhuu, and Elizabeth Tuʻitavake, in collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum. Tongan experts, Siosi’ana ‘Uheina Kalaniuvalu and Tunaʻula Pahulu (from Langagonua ʻa Fefine Tonga), led a Traditional Workshop to preserve and revitalize Tongan cultural heritage. Participants learned about the essence and responsibilities of a Tongan woman, as well as instructions on preparing traditional Tongan mats and attire for significant occasions.

The Uniting Church Tongan congregation in Harold Wood, Auburn, generously made their hall available on Saturday, April 27, 2024, for this workshop, which was attended by about 40 people. The workshop was a resounding success, documenting these vital cultural teachings for future generations.

The Powerhouse Museum fosters cultural understanding and community engagement. The Pacific Women’s Professional & Business Network supports the growth of Pacific women. Siuhuu connects Pacific Islanders through an online marketplace.

Photos Courtesy of Akanesi Kaufusi, Founder and Director of Siuhuu Pty Ltd

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