Sione, Lima, Tavita and Filipo are high school friends, uso or brothers. They are part of a special letter-writing project that helps to start a brave new conversation, an open and honest talanoa with themselves starting with the words, Dear Uso ... Here they share the cultural challenges they face, and without realising it, their need to belong, to be accepted and the impact this has on their wellbeing overall.
Tama Sāmoa is not just a story of friendship, brotherhood and healing. Tama Sāmoa helps us all to reflect, reconnect and reunite in better supporting each other as who we are. It is also a story of self-discovery and hope for a new tama Sāmoa code to be created based on real talanoa and understanding.
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- The Tama Sāmoa Project:
A space created for fourteen Samoan male students and educators to share their own boys-to-men stories, lessons and journeys to help today’s tama Sāmoa, our tama Pasifika, to be better understood and supported in succeeding as themselves.
Contributing authors of the Tama Sāmoa Project: Isaac Sanele, Elijah Solomona, Simati Leala, Senio Sanele, Emmanuel Solomona, Aleki Leala, Okirano Tilaia, Israel Risati Sua-Taulelei, Saul Luamanuvae-Su'a, Atama Cassidy, Darcy Solia, Liko Alosio, Mikaele Savali, Dr. Sadat Muaiava
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About the Author
Dahlia Malaeulu is a New Zealand-born Sāmoan and passionate educator at heart.
In 2019 she released the first books of the ‘Mila’s My Gagana’ series, a set of early Sāmoan language readers (Malia Shares, Lagi Spies and Mase’s Room) for pre-school and junior-primary-aged children. The series is a rich literacy resource for all children, families and educators in order to support and develop the learning of basic Gagana Sāmoa (the Sāmoan language).
Ultimately, Dahlia would like to enable tamaiti to confidently and proudly succeed as Pasifika. This is why she is working towards creating accessible quality Pasifika stories and resources that reflect Pasifika values, languages, cultures and – most importantly – our tamaiti.
Mani Malaeulu is the owner of Empowerment Training, a leadership training company. He has spent over a decade in leadership roles, consulting and mentoring high school students, as well as managing and leading teams across the recruitment and financial sector.