We have been learning about the Samoan Ava ceremony and some of the roles and responsibilities of members who take part in this special ceremony.
The Ava ceremony usually takes place when there is a special occasion like welcoming visitors or presenting chief titles.
In an Ava ceremony the taupou is the highest chief’s daughter and she has the special role of mixing the Ava drink in a tanoa Ava bowl using a fau strainer. She is not allowed to smile, talk or wear jewellery when she is mixing the Ava. By Jasmine
The tufaava caller is the chief who calls out who the Ava drink is to be served to. He will let the tautuava server know who to give the Ava drink to. He needs to know who to give the Ava drink to and use a special chanting voice. By Trevor
The tautuava server stands up when he is called and waits for the tufaava caller to say which chief to serve first. The highest visiting chief is always served first. When serving the highest chief the tufaava is to use two hands to hold the ipu ava cup. By Fogavai
We look forward to taking our learning further and sharing what we have learnt about the Samoan Ava ceremony using music and dance at our Fiafia celebration this year.
Fa’afetai lava Room 18.