Creating new ceremonies
Through creative practice we can create new ceremony that brings to life the knowledge of our temamfua, honoring their memory,
giving value to ancient stories, reverence, respect for Land, Ocean and Sky
Hani lep he rua
Hani lep he rua were twins that often presented themselves in the form of two Armea birds. The Armea bird is a sacred bird found only in Rotuma and was significant to many Rotuman stories and in particular linked to royalty, to the sacred, and renowned for its precious red feathers.
From our Elders storytelling and mapping through archival material, artists created artistic responses to these sessions. These have been developed into digital stories below creating new works, new ceremonies of reverence, respect and acknowledgement to our temamfua, our ancestors
Sa Sian was a group of 10 young maidens. In this version of the story of Raho which one of the Elders shared with us, the Sa Sian were pepples on the beach that Raho turned into 10 maidens in order to conduct the sacred kava ceremony
Renewed creative practice can provide a meaningful connection to place, restore creative confidence and sustain indigenous oceanic knowledge