These intricate pieces of fibre we hold close to our skin feel like an extension of the land alive within us. It is our stories. It is our history. It is us.
In many ways, this masi also represents our spirit as a people. We know that we are resilient, adaptable, creative, and innovative, and we know that when we are armed with resources, we can be unstoppable.
Centering masi in this storytelling series, is also an homage to our Mothers and the important role women play in building, rebuilding and strengthening community. Masi is made by our Mothers and worn by our children. They wrap our descendants, adorn our memories and protect our mana as we transcend.
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds. A symbol of our movement blurring identities, validating purpose and strengthening stewardship over this vanua we are called to protect.
You are stained bark cloth for skin, saltwater chants dancing with the moon and reimagined dreams pacing with the tides.
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds from sacred places and revered spaces.
A spiral kaleidoscope of broken coral and memory called to collect, curate and reconcile.
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds rising up and villaging children.
Brown bodies moulding brown minds. Moving between healer and warrior, you are future ancestors carving visions of liberation we can't even imagine.
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds seeking frontline truths in this transcendent talanoa of knowledges.
Masculine culture, feminine consciousness, woven together, lose'd together- wai….donu….
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds from the four pillars of our fale.
The same ancestors that are calling you to belief will also call you to unbelief, so your faith can take a new form. So you can return to the source and be reminded of the commonality of our plurality.
You are matagi mālohi. Strong winds listening, nourishing, transforming.
We are stewards of gifts from our old people. Noqu wasawasa, era sa vura, era sa vura, era sa vura (my ocean, they have emerged)