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Ngā Kākano: Bringing back the forgotten, the Ulumate Project

19 Jul 2022
How do you revitalise the making of an indigenous taonga where museums are the only place that you can see them today?
Event type: 
Free with Museum entry
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Auckland Domain Parnell Auckland New Zealand


“It was at Auckland War Memorial Museum in 2013 that Ole Maiava brought the ulu cavu wig to my attention” – Daren Kamali.

Bringing Back the Forgotten: The Ulumate Project is based on an old Fijian practice of wig ceremonies over two centuries ago. This completion of a contemporary ulu cavu wig began 25-years ago, with the growth and collection of Daren Kamali’s hair since 1997.

In 2021 heritage weaver Joana Monolagi completed the creation of a contemporary ulu cavu wig, using magimagi (coconut coir) and Vau (Hibiscus stem).

Join Na Tolu – The Three in talanoa as they share their work and research into the Ulumate Project.

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Auckland Museum

8 Jul 2022