Sitting dance. Photograph by Garth Rogers, 1975. Anthropology Photographic Archive, record number 403900.

Fiji Language Week 2021

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka! Welcome to Fiji Language Week Macawa Ni Vosa Vakaviti 3-9 October. This year’s theme is Noqu Vosa, Ai Vakadei ni Noqu Tiko Vinaka, which means my language provides stability to my wellbeing. 


The vakamalolo is a sitting dance performed by men and women from the Lau group of islands in Eastern Fiji. Listen to a vakamalolo performed by Vua Ni Bau on 22 June 1977 in Lakeba, Lau Islands, Fiji.  


The Richard Moyle Lau collection comprises almost 300 recordings from the Lau Islands. In 1974 the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound sponsored the field research in Fiji’s Lau archipelago by Dr Richard Moyle, a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s expedition to Lau and Tonga.  

Listen to Dr Moyle share details about his decades of field work and research in Fiji and the Pacific, as part of the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound’s 50th Anniversary podcast 

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Huni ManciniCultural Collections Assistant 

Featured image: Sitting dance. Photograph by Garth Rogers, 1975. Anthropology Photographic Archive, record number 403900.