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A View To Tattoo

MEDIA RELEASE 23 July 2003

A View To Tattoo

The traditional art of Polynesian tattooing will be on show in several short films to screen in Porirua and Wellington in August to complement the Tatau/Tattoo Conference at Victoria University.

Four specialist videos focusing on this ancient and fascinating art form will be screened in unique pairings. Each will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion, chaired by Teresia Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies, and Paul Millar, Senior Lecturer in English

Resurgence in the traditional arts of Polynesian tattooing has been the inspiration for the conference, Tatau/Tattoo: Embodied Art and Cultural Exchange, c.1760-2000, to be held following the screenings from August 21-23.


Savage Symbols, directed by Makerita Urale, 2002 and Tatau: What One Must Do, directed by Micah Van Der Ryn, 1997, Saturday August 9, 3pm-5pm, Pataka Museum, Norrie St, Porirua

Sinalela, directed by Dan Taulapapa McMullin, 2001 and Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age, directed by Robert Flaherty, 1926, Saturday August 16, 3pm-5pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Government Buildings, Lambton Quay, Victoria University,

Fee per screening: $8

For bookings or enquiries please contact Victoria Continuing Education on 04-463-6556, or email:


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