Our Talanoa series comes out of our Marsden Project (2019-2023), 'Vā Moana: space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity'.
This talatalanoa with Iʻuogafa Tuagalu (Satuimalufilufi and Tauʻese, Sāmoa) is about his current research on developing an Indigenous history of Sāmoa through an understanding of how vā structures Samoan kinship or gafa. He also advances the idea that vā takes effect as an energetic field that causes action to be felt at a distance. Iʻuogafa is completing a PhD researching the prehistory of vā before European arrival and the period until 1918.
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