Talanoa: Maualaivao Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt

We are excited to share the first video in our Talanoa series that comes out of our Marsden Project (2019-2023), 'Vā Moana: space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity'. This Talanoa with Maualaivao Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt is on his rendition of teu le vā as an important concept in Sāmoan and Moananui thought, and was recorded in November 2020 at his home in Tāmaki Makaurau. Wendt crucially ignited a wide discussion of what vā means for Samoan communities in Aotearoa New Zealand through his 1996 keynote, “Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body”.

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