A few months back one of my colleague, Sereima contributed to a book chapter - it was a result of her doctoral research. The research was based on her home land Wainika. Below is the cover of their book:
|The book launch in Suva|
When we reached Wainigadru, we were trying to explain to the people of Wainigadru where we were headed to - they did not understand who was this Sereima we were talking about but after a series of references we all hit the jackpot 'Di Volivoli' , precisely what Seriema had mentioned during the book-launch (she is known to her people as di volivoli and not her Christian/ English name and degrees). As we waded the water the scenic Wainika from her presentation at the book launch came alive. Finally it was such a pleasure to meet the 94- year old Aunt Tupou - the name in the the book who Sereima owes her research to along with her people in the village. My understanding is quite limited in ethnography and its epistemology but the whole experience was humbling and added yet another drop to the cultural ocean that I am to discover...
|"That is my tugalala home Cu'u" - Bula Sia (Hello) Cu'u!|
|Beautiful Cu'u: Ima's tugalala home (settlement) away from the main village of Wainika|
|A variety of fish from Wainika waters with love|
|The Epic Journey back from Wainika|
|Ni sa Moce (Goodbye) Wainika|