Type:  Modern Art, Galumalemana Steven Percival

Location: Upolu, Samoa

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MoST ID: 6515

Pedestal Link: https://une.pedestal3d.com/r/aKf8XqyJX8

Model Author:  Mary-Anne Stone

This Samoan stone adze (to’i fafau) was made by Galumalemana Steven Percival in 2023.

Galumalemana Steven Percival is a photographer and videographer and with particular interest in Samoa’s rich natural and cultural heritage, the indigenous ecological knowledge of the Samoans, human rights issues in Samoa’s communal society, and religious freedom.  Together with his wife Wendy, they established the Tiapapata Art Centre, a charitable trust promoting traditional and contemporary arts and crafts in Samoa.

A purpose of Tiapapata is to to promote an understanding and appreciation of traditional Samoan crafts and craftsmanship, and to assist with the restoration of arts and crafts no longer widely practiced or understood.  In 2024, the Rock-Paper-Scissors workshop and symposium was launched to build knowledge in traditional Samoan technologies, with a view to promote Samoan culture and reclaiming material aspects of the past, including stone tools.

This hafted stone adze, or to’i fafau, was made by Galumalemana according to traditional Samoan design.  The stone was shaped from oceanic basalt using modern equipment.  It was hafted onto a handle of Pacific rosewood, or milo, using coconut sennit string, or ‘afa made by Lesā Laufale Fa’anū of the village of Sa’anapu in Upolu.