Monday, November 30, 2015

Ava Ceremony

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.


  1. Wow! Thank you for teaching me about the Ava Ceremony Room 18. You are very knowledgeable. I can't wait to see you share your learning through song and dance at fiafia. Love Miss C.

  2. Talofa lava Mrs Tofilau and Room 18. Malo le laumafai ma le tauivi lenei tausaga. Wow, thank you for reminding me about some of the treasures of our culture. I will share this with my class here in London. I miss you all very much and Pray for you all everyday. Enjoy the remainder of the year. Have fun at fiafia. Keep smiling and keep shining. Alofa tele atu, Miss Tipelu, xo