A woman with malu on her thighs, black and white photo

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | 6:30–8 pm
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium

Across Oceania the art of tattoo is legendary, but the marks for women contain stories and meanings that are often little known–especially for new generations.

Through the perspective of women, Marks of Mana looks at Pacific indigenous tattoo traditions, and their aged-old symbols which celebrate the significance of the role Pacific Island women play in their communities. The film features women across Polynesia with these sacred markings and even women who themselves give the gift of tatau as tattoo masters.

Following the film, hear from community members about the complexity of gender roles within the art of tatau, the role colonialism has played in preventing women from receiving their marks, and the personal experiences that led our panelists to receive theirs. Learn more about the sacred tradition of tatau in UMFA’s special exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, closing December 30, 2023.

Thank you to Verona Mauga who will serve as moderator and who has generously coordinated the panel of people below: 

  • Lita Sagato, OCA Asian Pacific Advocates-President, Le Male
  • Galumalemana Laneta Fitisemanu, MPA, MSC, Voices for Utah Children
  • Kiana Fuega, Burke Museum