Film Update

Our first featured tivaevae artists!

Meet our first group of tivaevae artists who will be interviewed for the film: Mary Ama and the Pacifica Mamas!

As a collective the group have a shared passion for developing, reviving, and sharing the traditional arts and cultures of their island homelands, including the Cook Islands art of Tivaevae.

Mary Ama and the Pacifica Mamas are widely recognised within the Pacific community as respected artists, mentors and cultural leaders.

In recognition of their contribution to traditional arts Mary Ama and the Pacifica Mamas were awarded the Creative New Zealand Heritage Arts Award 2012.

I am unbelievably excited to have the support of these wonderful ladies and I can’t wait to share their stories with you. 🙂

Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.