This piece is a contribution by a combination of authors and artists who are genealogically from the same family. Lilomaiava Ema Siope (our sister) is our Traditional Sailing Master; her collective poetic interludes represent a side of her multifaceted life. Faavagaga Siope (our brother) is our aiga (family) ethics committee artist; he shares his collective art. These collective pieces bring together the echoed voices of temporal and spiritual migration throughout Oceania as their whispers traverse into higher education. Joshua Iosefo (our son) closes with a collective poem about the reclamation of our faasinomaga (identity).
Way Finding Faasinomaga (Identity-I/Eye) in Higher Education
Fetaui Iosefo is the youngest daughter of Sua Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Vui Siope. Her life partner is Sonny Iosefo and her sons are Joshua and Muamai. Fetaui is a teaching fellow and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lilomaiava Ema Tolua Fetu Vui Siope's parents are Sua Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope; both migrated to Aotearoa/New Zealand in the late 1950s and birthed six children. We were all raised to be humanitarians at heart. It is in this capacity that she has had the privilege to serve in varied roles and in many fields, the most recent being Kaupapa Waka. Email: email@example.com.
Faavagaga Siope is the second youngest child of Sua Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope. His love for drawing was nurtured by his first primary teacher Miss Gardiner. He is married to Sophie and has a beautiful son Noah. Faavagaga has worked as a civil servant in New Zealand and as a youth worker in Australia. He is our aiga (family) ethics artist. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Iosefo is the eldest child of Sonny Iosefo and Fetaui Iosefo, and the grandson of Sua Muamai Vui Siope and Fuimaono Luse Vui Siope. He is a project coordinator for the Office of Pacific Advancement at Auckland University of Technology. Joshua works with the LGBTQI community and uses his love for the arts to spread a message of hope. Email: email@example.com.
It has been a humbling privilege to write and share collaboratively with one another. We would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without Stacy Holman Jones and Anne Harris. Thank you both for always making space at this academic table for our voices. To Sonny, Muamai; Sophie, Noah; our aiga komiti; Sisterhood of the underpants and Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, faafetai tele lava (thank you very much) for your guidance, patience, and alofa (love) in our journey of identity.
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Fetaui Iosefo, Lilomaiava Ema Tolua Fetu Vui Siope, Faavagaga Siope, Joshua Iosefo; Way Finding Faasinomaga (Identity-I/Eye) in Higher Education. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 97–105. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.97
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