John Pule’s upcoming exhibition, The Great World (fonua galo), explores and represents the history of his native Niue. Pule studied the Paleo-Archaeology of Niue as well as folklore in the lesser-known but still acknowledged belief of the ancestral homeland of Niueans, Fonua Galo. Fonua Galo can be translated to mean ‘unknown or forgotten land’ and various historians have pin-pointed it’s former location as being near either Samoa or Tonga, the concept holding similar mythic origins as Hawaiki to the Maori and Kahiki to the Hawaiians. The figures included in many of the works represent the two young gods of Niue, Huanaki and Fao.
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