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Tabua Show Set To Invoke Self Realisation

Tabua Show Set To Invoke Self Realisation
The president Major General Joji Konrote is taken by surprise when shown a fake tabua (hanging left) on display at the Fiji Museum by Itaukei Affairs Dr Apolonia Tamata on June 15th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
June 16
12:02 2017

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote is hopeful that the display of the 30 tabua and the launch of the Ka­munaga – A story of Tabua at the Fiji Mu­seum last will invoke self realisation for the young itaukei people.

“The tabua has the highest ceremonial val­ue for the iTaukei, it embodies many things and many facets in many ways for all for us,” President Konrote said.

“The sacred exhibition on the Kamunaga provides numerous benefits to the Fijian public and visitors from abroad,” he said.

President Konrote said he looked forward to more future exhibitions where we could dis­play artefacts of similar value to our diverse cultures that are now part of the new Fiji.

Apolonia Tamata of the iTaukei Trust Fund Board and Curating Team Leader hopes the exhibition on the ‘Kamunaga’ will provide everybody a worthwhile learning experi­ence.

Ms Tamata said in an iTaukei sense, the Tabua was usually associated with iTaukei men and not women; it was usually very em­barrassing if a man didn’t bring a tabua and present in a ceremony.

“The team has been fortunate that the Fiji Museum has a good number of whales’ teeth and we’ve been able to present them in the exhibition,” she said.

The exhibition was presented by the Fiji Museum in collaboration with the iTaukei Trust Fund Board.

Invited Guests including the newly crowned Miss World Fiji, Nanise Rainima, was part of the exhibition held at the Fiji Museum, Suva, last night.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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