Participants acknowledge the importance of passing on cultural knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next through the practice of storytelling on the mother’s forearm or kaliloa or ‘aliloa. They learn how birth spacing or spacing between pregnancies can support this practice. They map out how they will share what they have learned with their kin members and community.
- Welcome, Review and Follow Up
- Cultural Concepts Kali or ‘Ali and Kaliloa or ‘Aliloa
- Video: From Day One
- Presentation on Birth Spacing
- Break (Optional)
- Connection Activity
- Fono Assignment
Cultural concepts kali or ‘ali and kaliloa or ‘aliloa
Our ancestors, grandparents, parents, and elders practiced and valued passing on cultural knowledge and wisdom to their descendants. Parents fostered close relationships by spending quality time with their children talking.
This began right after birth, where on the mother’s forearm, knowledge, teachings, and cultural wisdom was passed on to the child through storytelling. This practice was the child’s first introduction to education.
In the Pacific, wooden headrests called kali (Tongan) or ‘ali (Samoan) are used as pillows. Long headrests are called kaliloa (Tongan) or ‘aliloa (Samoan). kaliloa or ‘aliloa is also the word for the mother’s forearm or the headrest for infants, which is long because it continues to support the child throughout the child’s life.
In the Pacific, when children were strong culturally, physically, and mentally, mothers were praised for preserving the culture and sharing wisdom through the kaliloa or ‘aliloa.