This tanoa is in its rough shape. It will be sanded smooth, then stained and oiled. Did you know evidence of large amounts of stone adzes is found on Tutuila? In other words, it’s not unrealistic to think people on other islands got their to’i (basalt adzes from Tutuila). Foaga (the depressions in rocks where to’i were sharpened) can still be found in river beds, but an absurd amount are located on the shore of Leone. Swipe to see a picture.
It’s my opinion that for more precise cuts, the flakes of rock from the to’i making process were used as mini chisels. A large amount of the intricate cuts were probably also made by bone or turtle shell chisels.
I wonder if ancient woodworkers used sand to smooth the bowls. I also wonder if they moved a rock around the inside of the tanoa almost like a to’i in a foaga. Your pacific island heritage includes some legit ingenuity, patience, skill.
Does anyone reading this know anyone who is still making tanoa today?
John Enright (a Historical Preservation Officer under the Governor of Am Samoa) has written a nice summary on the to’i factory of Leone Tutuila - if you want more, google him.
5 1223 minutes ago
These two little ladies are so wonderful!! What huge blessings they are to our family. I almost feel sad that they’re not your daughters cuz you’re really missing out!!
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Only had 30 minutes to workout today so just kinda threw this together.
🔸3 Power Cleans
🔸3 Shoulder Presses
🔸3 Front Squats
🔸3 Toes To Bar
🔸3 Pull-ups 🔸Do as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes 🔸Weight: 177lbs
🔸I barely got 5 😅
6 423 hours ago
Rain or shine, didn’t stop this mermaid from playing at this beautiful secret black sand beach on Savai’i. Beautifully well kept secret.
Be Honest Who Has Played This Game With Their Mates? 🤔
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6 2173 hours ago
Bracelete Samoa. Trabalho feito no Free Hand para melhor adaptar ao corpo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➕Local de Atendimento:
Sophie Starfish ⭐️ That suits me better than Sophie Sausage - the nickname I gave myself in a moment of panic on my first day of high school when Stephanie took ‘Sweets’ and I had to come up with a noun on the spot. Anyway, Samoa is amazing. You should go. #samoa#tosua
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I am a spiritual being born into the world as a woman and an afakasi.
I have been called to reawaken the indigenous ways of healing and connection with Universe, Gaia, Goddess, Divine, Great Spirit.
I am proud of my Samoan roots and my Scotch-Irish, German roots. But neither are above my experience as a WOMXN on this earth and the resurgence of the feminine.
In life there is need for balance - yin and yang, moon and sun, dark and light. For generations now we have been experiencing the consequences of being out of balance through the patriarchy which has plagued our species, the guardians of this planet. We have been burned and scorched by the sun, not allowing the darkness and moon to rest and nurture ourselves and each other. This is the work of feminism - to rebuild the strength of women and all those connected with their feminine side in order to restore balance. This does not come in the form of being polite. It comes in the form of the Tower Card, wrecking the old to rebuild the new. Feminism happens on many different platforms and I am eternally grateful for my sisters (including my male and non-binary sisters) who fight the good fight in their own way.
My fight in feminism is in rebuilding women’s spirituality using indigenous wisdom - to unearth the tools we need as womxn to connect to Goddess and Gaia so that we may be spiritually aligned with our mission in restoring balance to this earthly experience and create a SAFE SPACE for those who follow us. :