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!