Live Performance: Sēini F Taumoepeau
Oceanic Orator and Songwoman: Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau performs her Song-Story, a lyrical deep dive through the content of her artwork, adding a localised and vocalised ceremony in the garden to unpack some of the cultural curiosities one might find in her works. Song-Story is an invitation to listen, observe and reflect with quiet, senses and presence.
About the Artist
Sēini “SistaNative” Taumoepeau
Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau is an Orator and Songwoman with an Intersectional Oceanic-Pacific lens & First Nations focus. She is an Indigenous woman of the Mōana & the direct descendant of Ancient Polynesian Celestial Navigators & Chiefly lineage.
Sēini is an Analogue to Digital Interdisciplinary Artist & Coach/Mentor from Sydney’s early Hip Hop Generation & continues Ancient Polynesian navigational principles with leadership in her bloodlines & training. Sēini carries energy medicine in her hands & in her voice. With a strong aesthetic in harmony & rhythm, Sēini works in the invisible & the intangible first & foremost.
Sēini is Indigenous to the Kingdom of Tonga and an Australian veteran of Pacific Arts & Culture, with a career spanning more than 30+ years as a Performance Artist, Presenter/Broadcaster & Creative Industries professional – she is known by the names: SistaNative, Napangardi (Skin-name) & Cantora (Capoeira Name).Working across the fields of Arts, Media, Culture, Education & Personal Development, Sēini remains dedicated to extending the stories & narratives of Indigenous Oceania.
Sēini explores ideas of connectivity, hōhoko (geneology), ritual, communication, relational intersectionality & displacement across Tā Vā (Time-Space). Talanoa, Talk-Story & technology are central to her praxis, often on the outskirts, the emergent, the fringe or in the margins.An eternal scholar & emerging Elder, Sēini continues to grow her study & practices in every direction with the desire to bring Oceanic wisdom & indigenous science to the forefront, through sharing empathic, intuitive, intelligent, Heart centred creative practice to continue to create harmony & community praxis, as an extension of the Indigenous cultures of her people of the Mōana.
Photo by Nick Harrison