Auckland Libraries: Ulumate Speaks

Na iTalanoa Ni Ulumate: Ulumate speaks

Friday 12 October 11.30am to 1pm Free

This Fijian Language Week join Daren Kamali and Inise Eremasi, as they share in a hair cutting ceremony and a talanoa presentation around their research on the traditional art practice of Ulumate.

Photograph by Julia Mageau Gray.

Ulumate or 'Dead Head' was the ancient practice of wig making by traditional Fijians, over 200 years ago. Normally practised during the time of mourning, the drau-ni-ulu (hair) is cut and made into a wig then worn until the hair beneath grows back. 


The Ulumate Project has been 21 years in the making. In this special event for Fijian Language Week, Daren Kamali and Inise Eremasi will share a hair cutting ceremony and a talanoa presentation around their research on the art practice of Ulumate, discussing the methods, rituals, and stages of the making of an Ulumate in this modern age. 


Vinaka Vakalevu.

Photograph by Julia Mageau Gray.

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