The first king of Tonga, Siaosi Taufa’ahau Tupou the 1st, dedicated the land and the people of Tonga to Almighty GOD. This was over 200 years ago. What followed was complete transformation and revival in the land . All heathen and barbaric practises ceased. The King’s obedience to GOD led to the total unification amongst all the islands of Tonga, and to date, it is the only south pacific nation not to have been colonised.
It is said that when the King was getting ready to announce the authority under whom he would commit his country; some of the most powerful nations of the world waited in anticipation to hear of his decision. It was with shock that they received the news that instead of choosing to come under the protection and shelter of one of them, Tonga has been offered up to the Creator of the whole world.
‘Dedication’ is my interpretation of that turning point in Tongan history.
Mediums and material used:
Tapa: is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair.