Another wonderful piece from cousin Sani. I don’t know if he has a title for this one, but I call it, Le Taupou. LOL. The figure in the back is an actual portrait of himself(Sani Puletasi). The likeness is uncanny. Awesome!
Overview:O Le Tulafale is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.
Here you can see me dressed up as a Tulafale, which is the Samoan word for Orator or “Talking Chief.” In my right hand is the fue (fly whisk) and the to’oto’o (staff). The fue is used to get people’s attention (no, not by whipping them with it), and is usually draped over the left shoulder. Around my neck is the ula-fala (which I got to keep!). It is a necklace made from the seeds of the laufala plant which is very important in Samoan culture since it is used to make fala and ie koga (mats and fine mats, respectively). Finally, the cloth I’m wearing about my waist is called an ie lavalava (usually shortened to ie), and is a typical alternative in place of bottoms for both men and women.