Today I find myself back in the homeland, in the physical, back where my ancestors once walked and talked. In this essay, I unfold stories of migration to highlight the fluid and dynamic nature of such processes evidently shaped by our vā/va’/veitapui, that is, the relations with/within/between people and place(s). I utilize the Tongan approach talaloto, an intimate and sacred practice, to share and interpret my thoughts and feelings about what inspired and empowered me to return to Tonga. Talaloto allows me to reflect on and interpret the histories and struggles that have been meaningful in my journey.
Foki kihe tupu'anga: Talaloto and Autoethnographic Reflections of Navigation back to the Homeland
David Fa'avae is a Fellow in Research and Leadership in the Institute of Education at the University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus. I wish to humbly acknowledge and thank my colleagues Fetaui Iosefo and Haami Hawkins for their amazing support. Our korero/talanoa are always profound and I feel blessed to be amongst two great minds and caring people. I also wish to acknowledge Stacy Holman Jones for the opportunity to contribute to critical autoethnography discourse using indigenous ideas and concepts. Mālō ‘aupito. Correspondence to: David Fa'avae, Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Atele Tonga, Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Email: email@example.com.
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David Fa'avae; Foki kihe tupu'anga: Talaloto and Autoethnographic Reflections of Navigation back to the Homeland. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 78–86. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.78
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