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Wāhine Toa making a stamp in Siva Afi – Samoan fire knife dancing

The Wāhine Toa Siva Afi group has one goal in mind and that is to encourage, educate and empower our Pasifika women to take up the siva afi/fire knife dance art form. Although it is predominately a male-dominated sport, the Samoan history reveals that the war club, or the nifo oti, used by the dancers belongs to a Samoan Goddess named Nafanua.

The birth of the art form was created by Chief Letuli in 1946, where he added flames on both sides of the nifo oti.

Ann-Tauilo Motuga got the chance to see the group in action at a recent event in Māngere, South Auckland.

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