Monday, February 18, 2013

Sex Lies and Separating Science from Ideology

If you're Samoan, or have studied Pacific Anthropology, you would have come across two names:

Margaret Mead and Derek Freeman.

Please do your own background reading if you want to know, because I am world famous for distorting information for my own benefit (on this blog only:)

Anyhow, here's a recent article about the above two, where yet another anthropologist now turns on Freeman and hacks his work and credibility to pieces....gee, for a dying breed, they should be supporting each other not killing each other's work off!

Read the Sex Lies and Separating Science from Ideology article in The Atlantic.

So,the message is: if you are a Samoan woman, or a Samoan anything, don't make quick judgement calls, go read Mead first, and then Derek and whoever else...

My point is, ...When you read Mead's work, there are some truths in there that will make you cringe, ...while we (not me) will continue to cry foul over her 'research' findings and observations., I leave you with this:

"Margaret Mead hits the coconut on the forehead when she referred to young Samoan women, whether we agree or not.
           Because behind every virtuous God-fearing bible wielding Samoan woman, lurks a porn-star ready to swing from the rafters"

Goddess of Anthropology

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I dislike this day

because the madafraccas I live with doesn't do Valentines, so if you got roses and got showered with chocolates and love and all that shit, please don't facebook me about it, please.

because I am green with envy and if I see you today I might say:

"Aww, how cute!" and then drop kick you in the face with your roses, and eat your chocolates.


Goddess of  UnValentine.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Geography Lesson 101: Where is Santa Cruz?

In light of the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami off the Solomon Islands, I thought you should know about this rarely discussed region of the Pacific. 

What has been mentioned in the media as Santa Cruz is the eastern most province of the Solomon Islands. 

"Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, the first European to sight them, on his second Pacific expedition in 1595. Mendaña died on the island of Nendo, which he had named Santa Cruz, in 1596"

Today, it is called Temotu....motu being a common Pacific word for island.

 Lots of places in the Solomons have Spanish names, including Solomon Islands itself, orginally Islas Salomon, Isabel Province, Florida Island etc.

Anyhow, there are islands in the Solomon group which are Polynesian outliers, for instance Tikopia, one of the remotest places in the world.

I was fortunate to have had Professor Judith Macdonald as a lecturer, she spent 2 years living in Tikopia.
I loved hearing her stories because she had some interesting experiences, she shaved her head as women did and had to drop on the ground and bow head in respect as the men passed by...she has knee issues as proof of this respect, hah.

What I found amusing in Honiara was that coming from these outlier 'polynesian islands' was not always something to boast about, fact, I was informed a few times by my friend that they thought I was 'Polynesian' (with a look of disgust)...I won't delve on this matter.

Anyhow, that's the geography lesson of the day: Solomon Islands, lots of islands, so much diversity and the lack of information about the disaster is due to the remoteness of the Temotu province, where it takes 3 days to get there by boat, and another 3 to return. 

It is my dream to go to Tikopia one day not far way....

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Tuiga update

Not long to go now before Pasifika Festival, where I'm sharing a stall with two other Samoan entrepreneurs....or in truth, one entrepreneur and two of us are 'decoration' faakumu space 

I will have tuiga for sale there, if you are in Auckland, come have a look, buy or order ahead.

I have 5 ready, 3 almost complete and 2 undecided because I inserted another needle through my thumb Again last night.
But I will get there, I plan on employing my nieces at the Samoan hourly rates to help me with my Se'i fulumoas, because those take time.

Otherwise, O lau tala atu lena, tofa soifua. 

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Faasilasilaga mo le aiga Tuisafua

Hi family,
Please communicate with your matais about the upcoming event pertaining to the above title and make sure you are aware of the details so there is no confusion later.
Or email me at jtiatia at gmail dot cooooom and I can forward you the details.

 Goddess of saogamea messages.

This message was brought to you by the letter B,...B for Broke as!  And the number 0.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Sia Figiel has diabetes. Diabetes doesn't have her.

Sia Figiel shares her story in the most extreme way possible in her fight against diabetes.
Please like her page if you know someone or are affected by diabetes , and spread the word.
We need to face the music and accept that We. Have. A. Problem and, if we do nothing about it, we are doomed.

She also shares a video "Sia at the dentist" and it is so shocking but it works for me. I respect and admire her for what she doing, especially when we live in a community that don't like to discuss these touchy issues......but think about it, We have lost so many people to diabetes.
I lost one of my favourite aunts in the world to diabetes, Lotofoa Tiatia.
I'll always remember her as someone who was calm and sincere and very kind to the children, but best of all, always had a stash of biscuits for us when we came round (:
I always think of her when I see sweeteners, and I am mindful also that she was slim, working long hours as a nurse and walked lots, but after many years, she was admitted and had her leg amputated.
That was the saddest thing ever, seeing her in that condition.
It can happen to anyone....but as Pacific islanders, we a more susceptible and our lifestyles don't help either.

Who have you lost to diabetes?