Pasifika Transmissions is a distance learning program that invites indigenous artists in California to visit the archives and develop a video “transmission” geared towards children and families. This program is funded through the generous support by the RuMBA Foundation of Long Beach.
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Sid Dueñas presents a work connected to the Latte that resides at PIEAM, on long-term loan from the Quenqa family and the Kutturan CHamoru clan. Latte is a CHamoru term that refers to stone pillars and capstones, which represent house supports and are ascribed to the ancient people of the Mariana Islands. In some accounts, they are also referred to as houses of the ancients.
Kiki Rivera presents a work connected to the Dilukai - a carving rooted in and inspired by the people of Palau (Belau). Dilukai is a term used to identify statues in the form of both men and women. Often installed at abais (central meeting houses), they signify a story or a legend of that place or abai. This female dilukai signifies the empowerment of her sexuality. Most Dilukais are made of wood, and some are made of stone as well. This Dilukai that resides at PIEAM is made of wood, carved in Yap.
Inspired by the collective wisdom of the people of Oceania, artist Roldy Ablao creates a series of trivia games for the PIEAM community. The series spanned three weeks in August and kicked off our first season of the Pasifika Transmissions program!