Marks of Mana is the first film about Pacific female indigenous tattoo. This excerpt follows Samoan tatau artist Tyla Vaeau Ta’ufo’ou of Karanga Ink, an indigenous tattoo studio on K’ Road, owned and operated by indigenous women. Finding her place as a woman in this art form, Tyla returns to Samoa to learn and reconnect. She shares some common tatau marks and their meanings, and introduces tufuga tātatau (master of tatau) Su’a Suluape Petelo. Directed by Lisa Taouma, the hour-long documentary was named Best Pasifika Programme at the NZTV Awards, and Best Long Form Doco at Canadian fest imagineNATIVE.
It’s part of our culture. It’s part of us, no one can take it.– Su’a Suluape Petelo
Made with funding from NZ On Air and Creative New Zealand