Mahi / Galuega / Projects

The Iconic: Afterlife and New Beginnings

Researchers: Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Albert Refiti, I’uogafa Tuagalu, Nooroa Tapuni
Status: Current

This project is an investigation into transformative appropriations and iconic power in the Pacific, specifically in the relationships between Samoa, Germany and New Zealand. In partnership with co-researchers in these countries, we will trace the exchange of iconic images and objects between Samoa and Germany, in the period leading up to and during colonial contact, until NZ’s occupation of Samoa (1879-1914). Click here to Read more

Dialogues Between Architecture and Anthropology

Researchers: Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Albert Refiti, I’uogafa Tuagalu
Status: In preparation for publication by Berghahn (projected for 2019)

Pacific buildings are apparatuses which corral and hold communities and their rituals together, reflecting Pacific attitudes to architecture and artefacts in general. The words for building – fale (Samoa), whare (Māori), vale (Fiji), hale (Hawaii) – generally means to cover (malu, maru) or to shade over. Click here to Read more

Travelling Houses: From Sacred to Spectacular and From Shelter to Specimen

Researchers: Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul, Albert Refiti
Status: In preparation for publication (projected for 2019)

Beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, Māori and Pacific houses began to travel far beyond the sites and contexts in which they were originally embedded. The exchanges they increasingly took part in were very different from the exchanges of prestige values and genealogies that take place in a Pacific co-belonging and mingling of persons, objects and buildings. Click here to read more