Throughout the Pacific hair has long been important — not only expressing the owner's youth and beauty but often signifying status, sexual power and family history. This excerpt from documentary Adorn explores the wearing of elaborate head pieces in Samoa, Hawaii and Tahiti, and the so-called Virgin Locks once worn by young Fijian females. Anything associated with the head is considered sacred. Adorn offers a vibrant collection of Pacific womens' stories, as academics and others explain cultural traditions around hair, and share their experiences of embracing, or fighting their own locks.
Beware the power of your hair, and beware the flaunting of it, lest the fury of the Telesa is invoked.– Yolande Ah Chong retells the Samoan legend of Telesa, warning young women not to brush their hair at night
Made with funding from Creative NZ
Images and information on the tuiga (ceremonial headdress), Te Papa website
Fijian-born Takeinivula Jewel writes about her hair, Coconet TV website
Cook Islander Melarnie Manuel Jewel writes about her hair, Coconet TV website
Photo of a Cook Island hair cutting ceremony in Porirua, Te Ara website