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Tanya Masaniai Ibarra Art

"Nafanua Queen Warrior"

"Nafanua Queen Warrior"

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Samoa's most revered queen, Nafanua, was said to have been born of a blood clot buried in the earth, and she was raised in Pulotu (a form of Heaven) until her time to rise on earth came. She was one of the most powerful women in Samoa, both in ali‘i titles, since she held four and her prowess in battle. Called upon to rise up to rescue her people from oppression, she wielded her mighty Ta Fesilafa‘i, her battle weapon, which translates to “strike with courtesy”, also her philosophy in battle. 

During the battle, she paused, and her war shirt was blown open by the wind, and all of her enemies realized, to their dismay, that this mighty warrior was, in fact, a woman. They were so shocked and humiliated that they ended the battle and retreated. 

This painting depicts Nafanua cleansing in Afu Aau Falls south of Savai‘i after her victory in battle. Although her enemies retreated, and the battle was successful, Nafanua was heartbroken that she had to harm her own people to free her family. Her cleansing was not only physical but also a spiritual cleansing for her soul. 

Considered a mythological figure by historians, Polynesians are well aware that there are genuinely no myths in our history, only stories about real people which, through translation and legend, seem as if they could only exist as myths. 

Nafanua was a natural person, a queen warrior revered even today for answering the call and rising up to rescue her people. To my queen warriors, RISE UP.

**Each giclee is printed and hand-stretched on 1.5" deep canvas. 

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  • This beautiful canvas is printed on acid-free poly-cotton base
  • Mounting brackets are included
  • Open Edition
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