Across the Moana the art of tatau is legendary - but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known, especially for new generations.
These age old symbols of the Moko Kauae, the Fijian Veiqia, the Papuan Tep Tok and the Samoan Malu were made to celebrate the significance of the female role, but many were also created by female tatau artists.
'Marks of Mana' explores the female history of tatau in our cultures, and the meaning behind these patterns linked like a necklace around the Moana.
Part One tells one family's story of the intergenerational malu, as told by the daughters of high chief Va'asilitfiti Moelagi Jackson who sadly passed away after this documentary was filmed.
Part Two explores the history and stories of the moko kauae ta moko in Aotearoa and the female tatau lineage of this art
Part Three looks at the tep tok tradition in Papua New Guinea and how women were the creators of these marks made to honour the female line.
Part Four of Marks of Mana looks at the original legend of Tatau in Samoa intended for women, and the first female Tufuga tatau who has been gifted to tools of the au again.
Marks of Mana Part 5 looks at the ways that Tatau stories connect all our Moana cultures and the different forms of these ancient patterns and meanings.
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