1. Identify one key point and/or theme from the Week 7 lecture. Find an academic source (not the lecture itself, but the source may be one that is cited in the lecture) for that key point/theme. Paraphrase the academic source text relating to the key point/theme. Remember to accurately reference the source using the MLA style (50 words).
One main point that Sarah Jane introduced into the lecture was the introduction of imported foods/goods into the Polynesian community and what effect this introduction had on their physical/mental health but also the effect this had on traditional food given at events like weddings, funerals and gift-giving. As stated by the artist, Michel Tufferey commented ‘how an imported product has replaced local Pacific Island foods used in feasts and gift giving.’ (Te Papa). Thus showing that through art that these social changes can be shown and brought into the community and showing the impact history has had on this community.
2. Using examples in “All Power to the People” by Melani Anae (2012), or “The Many Faces of Paradise” by Caroline Vercoe (2004), describe one of the art/design/creative responses to the socio-political situation that confronted Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa in the late 20th century (50 – 75 words).
Gossip Sessions from the Black Sunday series shown in the text “The Many Faces of Paradise” is touching onto the issues of representations of Pacifica people during the colonial period. Shigeyuki Kihara’s works look into the issues around the way colonial narratives could have been inscribed on the Pacifica bodies via stereotypes (43). The work above is talking about the issues surrounding the natural dress of the Pacifica people, and who through the introduction of covering their bare chests to show modesty and discretion. This was something that was taught by missionaries. This image is highlighting and counters the stereotyped sexualizing of women and the savage (45). Overall this is touching onto the political issue of this introduction of colonial people to the natives and how this changed the visual history of the Pacifica people.
3. Write a synopsis of the documentary ‘Dawn Raids’ (Fepulea’i, D. 2005) (50 – 75 words).
The documentary ‘Dawn Raids’ talks about the issues surrounding the introduction of Pacifica people into New Zealand during a time of need for people doing labour, but once there were no jobs left people were in need thus leading to social and political issues during the 1970s. This documentary touches on the police during the item and the taking of people early in the morning who don’t have visas or visitor permits being taken back to Samoa and also the racial implements that were occurring in society around Samoan people. It also shines light onto the treatment of Samoan people and the leading into social groups endorsing the power of Samoan people.
(@Te_Papa. “Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000).” Object:. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.)
(Vercoe, Caroline. “The Many Faces of Paradise.” Paradise Now?: Contemporary Art from the Pacific. New York: Asia Society, 2004. 35-47. Print.)