Tuvalu Language Week

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is celebrating Tuvalu language week by marking the occasion through objects and other cultural treasures. This year’s theme, Tuvalu ko tou lagaifakalaga ke mau mai aulua foe, promotes the idea that language keeps your culture and identity afloat and encourages the community to work together.

A range of events will take place around the country involving traditional performances, language programs and cultural cuisine.


Where is Tuvalu?

Tuvalu is an independent constitutional monarchy in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The country achieved independence from Great Britain on October 1, 1978. The population of 10,837 (est 2012) live on Tuvalu’s nine atolls, which have a total land area of 10 square miles, or 27 square kilometres. This ranks Tuvalu as the fourth smallest nation in the world, in terms of land area.

The tiny island nation has been in the news recently because of these flat islands that seldom rise higher than 15 feet, and rising sea levels is a major concern.

You can follow along with the festivities of the week by clicking here to access the official blog.

Enlighten yourself and enjoy!

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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