Monday, 25 November 2013

Royals. . .

The collective histories of pre-missionary and pre-colonial Polynesia reveal a lot of cross-cultural contact and accounts for much of the language fluidity and transference between the islands, through intermarriage and war (you know, the stuff of legends).  Traditional songs and dances of the Pacific record these historical events and detail key points that impact (way back when) on daily life and thus creating oral histories.  Love songs, depictions of cultural activities and the daily demands of village life are also popular topics that feature in Pacific performing arts.  The ideas of lineage and birthright conjure up images of royalty and the associated nobility in their respective kingdoms.

7. Lineage/Birthright (e.g. Family traditions shape experiences).
Gifted Pasifika students are able to relate to family traditions which dictate the social and cultural protocols which highlight obedience, respect and humility.  If Pasifika students are from families which have significant expectations that pertain to the maintenance of family titles or duties that are specific to their families, they endeavour to excel and maintain connections that will advance their families, village links and community status.  (Faaea-Semeatu, 2011).

How these ideas of hierarchy with respect to monarchies of the past (and the present, including those that are constitutional) help to provide the background to identifying a Pasifika person's place, their family in their local communities and in the world is quite a big deal.

Lorde hits it on the head in her breakthrough smash hit "Royals", where her ideas about how she sees herself and the expectations or external pressures from the world's perspective (including her own derision) on how the nature of behaving as a pre-pop star, danger of slipping into prima donna pop star mode and even the reluctant pop star, could create conflict.

And even though in our worlds we may never be royals because it don't run in our blood, but to some extent we have a responsibility and obligation to represent a cause (whatever that may be, or up to you how many causes you want to take up) because we must have purpose in what we do (otherwise what's the point right?) and if people are inclined to listen to your voice, take on that responsibility and obligation to contribute positively to those spaces, their spaces, your spaces, our spaces.

In the mode of acting royal, we have the power in our own spheres of influence to make a diff, cos we are the diff and we can at least be agents of change, if we'll never be royals.