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Product'Na Loga Voivoi Nei Bubu Salote – The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote' Fijian language book
AuthorLate Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto
ArtistAnare Somumu
LanguageFijian
Reading age8 years old
Number of Pages21
DimensionsA3 Size - 297 x 420 mm
CopyrightProduct images and text © My Fiji Store. Book © The Institute of Indigenous Studies, Fiji Ltd.
ISBN978-982-98210-0-3

Na Loga Voivoi Nei Bubu Salote – The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote

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'Na Loga Voivoi nei Bubu Salote – The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote' is a Fiji Children's book written entirely in Fijian for children aged 8 years old. Written by the late Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto, from RFTA - Retired Fijian Teachers Association, with illustrations by Anare Somumu. It has 21 pages.

This book was written by Fijian teachers for teachers or parents - its intended use is in a classroom setting which is why it is A3 size with large font and bright illustrations. It can be placed on an easel in the front of the classroom and read to children who can view easily. It can also be enjoyed at home or anywhere outside of the classroom where children would want to read or hear Fijian stories.

Na Loga Voivoi nei Bubu Salote Book Description

The story takes us through the steps of how to weave mats of different kinds, starting with harvesting the pandanus (voivoi) leaves, boiling and putting them out in the sun to dry. The green colour gives way to a beige-whitish colour. They are then scraped with a sharp mussel shell to soften them. They are put in round coils ready for weaving.

Once a mat is weaved, the edge of the mat is then embroidered with brightly coloured wool. The work is onerous and painstaking. To make the work easier to handle, close relatives and friends usually pitch in and help in the different stages.

The story stresses the values of togetherness, working together as a unit, strengthening of relationships, etc.

IIS, RFTA & FTA - 10 books in the series

This series of 10 books has been put together by the Institute of Indigenous Studies (IIS) Fiji Ltd, which, in the main, is made up of RFTA (retired Fijian Teachers Association- teachers who have retired from teaching). RFTA is a Branch of Fijian Teachers Association, FTA.

All IIS books in this series

  • Na Keda Vuata - Our Fruits
  • Na Loga Ni Voivoi Nei Bubu Salote - The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote
  • Na Qoli Vonu - Catching Turtles
  • Jone Na Dautataro - Jone The Kind Considerate Boy
  • O Mosese Kei Viliame - Mosese & Viliame
  • Na Siganisucu Nei Marica - Marica’s Birthday
  • O Iratou Na Veitavaleni - The Three Cousins
  • O Tomu Kei Popi - Tom & Poppy
  • Na Volivolitaki Ena Makete - Selling at the Market
  • Na Sisi Ni Qele - Landslide

 

English notes that explain the illustrations and Fijian text

Page No. Fijian Book 'Na Loga Voivoi nei Bubu Salote – The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote' - Illustration notes in English
Page 5: Talica admires the colourful mats in grandmother Salote’s house
Page 7: Salote shows Talica the pandanus plantation from which mats are made
Page 9: Salote shows Talica the different types of mats
Page 11: The green pandanus leaves are boiled in a large container
Page 13: After drying them in the sun, the leaves are tied in bundles and aired further
Page 15: Relatives lend a hand in the various processes. Here the pandanus leaves are scraped with a sharp mussel (2 seen on the floor) to soften them. They are than put in round coils (see bottom left near the two (2) shells)
Page 17: Scraping of pandanus leaves. Two (2) pandanus coils seen here. Top lady starts weaving a mat.
Page 21: Talica, mother Paulini, grandmother Salote, and Talica’s sisters admire the different types of mats that have been made through a collective effort. Salote and Paulini thank all in the group for the fine craftsmanship. Working together has made the work lighter.
Last page: Poem about the importance of keeping alive the exquisite art of weaving different kinds of mats. Also a good source of income.

 

Fiji Author - Late Tuipulotu Bulivou Vugakoto

From Tubou, Lakeba in Lau. She taught in many primary and secondary schools around Fiji. When she retired in 2000 she was the Senior Education Officer (Fijian language) in the Curriculum Development Unit of the Ministry of Education. After retirement, she continued helping children with their reading in both Fijian and English. In her final five years she joined the Institute of Indigenous Studies where she continued to write short stories for primary schools and played a key role in the promoting of language, culture and heritage issues. She obtained a B.A degree from USP.

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Product'Na Loga Voivoi Nei Bubu Salote – The Pandanus Plantation of Grandmother Salote' Fijian language book
AuthorLate Mrs. Tuipulotu Vugakoto
ArtistAnare Somumu
LanguageFijian
Reading age8 years old
Number of Pages21
DimensionsA3 Size - 297 x 420 mm
CopyrightProduct images and text © My Fiji Store. Book © The Institute of Indigenous Studies, Fiji Ltd.
ISBN978-982-98210-0-3