Deep Pacific Podcast
Deep Dives into Pacific Issues
August 17, 2020

S1E5 - How do Pasifika artists weave their culture and activism into their art?

Seven Pacific Islanders speak on their experiences relating culture and activism to their art

[EP#5] How do Pacific artists use their art and culture for their activism?

Seven Pacific Islander artists dive deep into art, culture, and activism. Kalani then discusses a scientific paper on Pasifika and Maori representation in research institutes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In this episode you will hear from:

  1. Carolann, a story-teller and diaspora spoken word poet from Pohnpei
  2. Rhonda, Fiji's first transgender iTaukei woman recording artist from Viti with background in traditional dance
  3. Saiah, a Samoan diaspora who does visual arts
  4. Danideru, a Scottish-Chamorro diaspora recording artist and musician who also specializes in video production
  5. Bryant, a Filipino diaspora digital media artist
  6. Symone, a Chamoru artist from Guåhan who weaves coronan flores (mwaar)
  7. Tēatuahere, a Tahitian diaspora poet


  1. Tara G. McAllister, Sereana Naepi, Elizabeth Wilson, Daniel Hikuroa & Leilani A. Walker (2020) Under-represented and overlooked: Māori and Pasifika scientists in Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities and crown-research institutes, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1796103

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