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Cultural clash at FestPAC: Respected female carver excluded due to gender protocol

Wednesday 12 June 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art, Culture, Editor's Pick, Entertainment, Features, Local, National, Pacific Islands, Regional

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Cultural clash at FestPAC:  Respected female carver excluded due to gender protocol
Awhitia Tavioni, left, with husband and master carver Mike Tavioni, second from right, and friends in Honolulu, Hawai’i. GALLERY TAVIONI & VANANGA/24061111

A respected female Cook Islands carver, Awhitia Tavioni, was excluded from the official carving area at the 13th Pacific Arts Festival and Culture in Hawai’i due to a local kapu (rule) against women carvers, sparking a debate about cultural protocols and gender equality.

A respected female Cook Islands carver, Awhitia Tavioni, was excluded from the official carving area at the 13th Pacific Arts Festival and Culture in Hawai’i due to a local kapu (rule) against women carvers, sparking a debate about cultural protocols and gender equality.


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