Moses Viliamu

Invisible Tokelauan Tattoo

In 1863 Peruvian slave traders forcibly took away all of the able bodied men on the Tokelauan Islands leaving only the elderly, women and children to survive. With no young men to invest in the rites of the practice, the tattoo became mostly forgotten. My work, pieces together the fragments that remain, in an effort to perpetuate the story of a people and their culture challenged by slavery.

Union was here! 3

Acrylic on board

90cm x 60cm

Union was here! 4

Acrylic on board

90cm x 60cm

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