Tongans think differently, and their spiral thought is often seen as "scatter head thinking" by linear thinkers, leading to cultural differences and misunderstanding between the Tongans and palangis, the 11th Tonga History Conference in Melbourne was told by keynote speaker, Rev. Dr 'Asinate F. Samate. Photos by Adrienne L. Kaeppler and Filipe Tohi
The launching of the new book, Songs & Poems of Queen Salote (Vava'u Press), at the Dateline Hotel on September 21 was an emotional journey back in time for some to relive an era in Tonga's past when the Queen's classic Tongan songs and poems were composed.
The Tongans tradition of presenting gifts to one another is a phenomena that has enabled Tongans to maintain a way of life that is unique in the world, said Dr Mike Evans, an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada, who visited Ha‘ano island in June. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 2, August 2002.
A second Human Rights Movement for Tonga was formed in May. The new Kotoa Movement has made a public statement that it was not established to be in opposition to the exisiting Tonga Human Rights and Democracy Movement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 16, no. 1, June 2001.
The first serious documentary to focus on traditional Tongan dances was shown for the first time at the National Cultural Centre, Nuku‘alofa, on December 2. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
Two of Tonga’s well-known writers who died shortly before the arrival of the 21st century. Dr Sione ‘Amanaki Havea translated the gospels. Patricia Ledyard (Matheson) wrote that she had learned from her Tongan neighbours that "gratitude is the proper attitude toward life”. From Matangi Tonga Magazine, Vol. 15, no. 4, January 2001.
Published in April, was a new history book, 'Queen Sālote of Tonga, The Story of an Era 1900-1965'. This 424 pages hard covered volume is the work of Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, published by the University of Auckland Press. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
'From the Stone Age to the Space Age in 200 years', is the title of a new catalogue on Tongan art objects–the first publication of the Tonga National Museum. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 2, May 1999.
Europeans can't get enough of the South Pacific's natural tranquilizer. Kava, the root that makes an intoxicating beverage by the same name, and icon of the laid back lifestyle of the South Pacific Islands, has become a hot product. This year, 1998, the demand for kava could not be met by any of the kava growing countries in the Pacific. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 13, no. 4, December 1998.