The National Museum of Australia presented an exciting series of programs for families and adults in conjunction with the Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana exhibition.
Download and listen to the audio and read the transcripts from the Vaka Moana seminar series.
Stories of the Sea: travellers across the Pacific
Wednesday 16 September 2009, 10–11.30am
The final in our Vaka Moana seminar series. Three Pacific scholars Deveni Temu (Australian National University Pacific librarian), Prue Ahrens (University of Queensland art historian) and Sioana Faupula (Pacific Manuscripts Bureau officer, Tongan storyteller) explore the personal and historical accounts of lives lived with the sea: travellers between islands, European venturers and others.
Ocean Crossings: The material traces of voyaging
Wednesday 26 August, 10–11.30am
The second in our Vaka Moana seminar series. Three Pacific scholars, Matthew Spriggs (Archaeologist, Australian National University), Kylie Moloney (Archivist, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau) and Melanie Van Olffen (Curator, Australian Museum) discuss contemporary perspectives on pacific islander voyaging, investigating archaeological evidence and museum displays.
Ocean exchanges: Australian-Pacific connections
Wednesday 22 July 2009, 10–11.30am
The first in our Vaka Moana seminar series. Three Pacific scholars, Sela Mafi Taufa (Demographer, Australian National University), Paul D'Arcy (Pacific historian, Australian National University) and Jonathan Ritchie (Pacific historian, Deakin Unversity), explore the history of trade, shipping, tourism and migration between the Pacific islands and Australia.
Listen to the audio or read the transcript
Tattoos, lashing, house and canoe building
Tuesday 16 June 2009, 1–2pm
To coincide with the Vaka Moana exhibition, Siua Lafitani Tofua'ipangai examines the connections of time and space between significant Tongan cultural practices.