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Tongan girls dwelling open air in their island native land create and use hand-made, occasionally hybridized, textiles to keep up and transform their cultural traditions in diaspora. significant to those traditions is an historic idea of place of origin or country- fonua-which Tongans maintain as an anchor for contemporary nation-building. using the concept that of the "multi-territorial nation," the writer questions the thought that residing in diaspora is jointly particular with actual cultural construction and identification. The globalized country the ladies construct via gifting their barkcloth and fantastic mats, demanding situations the normative concept that international locations are consistently geographically bounded or spatially contiguous. The paintings means that, opposite to typical understandings of globalization, worldwide source flows don't continuously essentially contain commodities. targeting first-generation Tongans in New Zealand and the relationships they forge throughout generations and in the course of the diaspora, the ebook examines how those groups centralize the diaspora by means of innovating and adapting conventional cultural kinds in extraordinary ways.

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Studying exchange in Pacific diaspora brings this to the fore because, insofar as ceremonial exchange connects 30 Creating a Nation with Cloth people who are separated because of movement, it takes place because people dwell in particular places; that is, exchange is always situated somewhere. Commoner women invest in the creative possibilities in this tension between movement and dwelling and, through exchange of koloa, they lead Tonga’s modernity as a multiterritorial nation. Notes 1. In 1970, the authority of the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji was extended to include Tonga (Grainger 1998).

This instrumentality is highlighted in one convention of Tongan exchange: Tongans do not generally gift important valuables such as koloa indiscriminately, but gift when they are obligated to because of the relative social rank of, and history of debts between their family and others’ kin groups. This “rule” about exchange is built on the notion that value can be accumulated and transacted through the gift. What Tongans value most in their interactions with other Tongans are their reputations as people who recognize obligations to give and reciprocate gifts and, thus, as people who have and express ‘ofa (love, compassion) most appropriately.

I analyze ngatu pepa making techniques as a diasporic innovation in traditional barkcloth production that has been taking place in the homeland for centuries: ngatu pepa becomes a type of cloth that they can potentially gift and that enables them to perform langa fonua in diaspora. I explore the aspects of ngatu pepa aesthetics, production, and use that enable it to serve the purposes of tradition. My analysis suggests that Tonga is not the sole site of authentic Tongan cultural production; indeed, both homeland and diaspora can be contexts in which women exchange valuables in newly “traditional” ways.

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