Blessing of seat marks important day for tribe

Saturday June 11, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Dame Margaret Karika Ariki (middle) Anautoa Rangatira (vaa tuatua) and Mike Tavioni (master carver), pictured during the blessing ceremony. 16061050 Dame Margaret Karika Ariki (middle) Anautoa Rangatira (vaa tuatua) and Mike Tavioni (master carver), pictured during the blessing ceremony. 16061050

A LARGE number of members of the Ngati Karika tribe of the Te-Au-O-Tonga Vaka turned out to witness the blessing of the tribe’s traditional seat (Atamira) at Atupa yesterday.

 

It was a special and memorable day as the tribe geared up for the House of Ariki jubilee celebration schedule to take place next month.

Maryann Pirake of Ngati Karika tribe said the event held a lot of importance.

“The wood that we bless today is going to be used to carve our chief’s traditional seat which is called the Atamira.

“Today we’re here to bless it because it’s part of our culture. When we do events like this we ask the church pastor to bless it and offer a little prayer service so that the carver and the people who will be working on it will be blessed.”

She said it was the first time the tribe had conduct an event such as this in her lifetime and they were overwhelmed with the positive response they had received from members.

“This is the first event we’ve held in the lifetime of most of us and we want to make sure that we retain our culture.”

Pirake said everyone was looking forward to the jubilee celebrations.

“Our chief is a founding member and was one of the chiefs that form the House of Ariki and we’re excited that she’s still alive and here to celebrate the exciting event with us.”

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