HI’O-ATEA – DANCE

THEME : DEAR MĀMĀ.

The Hiò Atea dance group is pleased to present its show entitled Māmā Iti E! Listen to the fenua, listen to the land … they are telling us: May the tie remains, the tie between the generations, the blood tie, now and forever!

1. Family in the olden days.
Dawn was on the land and Honorau the mother, Honorau the grandmother, Honorau – the spring, wisdom, and knowledge – was busy cleaning the house using her purumu niàu, its broom made of niàu, because soon a tāmāraa, a feast would be held.

2. Family nowadays.
A few more moons passed. Dawn was on the land and Honorau is still sweeping her house. She slipped, fell … her son screamed:
-Iaa, māmā, fiu! When will your ears listen? Throw your broom made of niàu away! Today, we have electric brooms, the VACUUM CLEANER!!!
« I’m not only Ears! » I am a human being, like you!
-Stop Māmā! Shut up! Close it completely! You do not do anything right besides sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating! We are tired of taking care of you! Tired! Fed up!

So the mother was thrown into a home for old men like a rotten fish in a garbage can. And always this voice of the pō, of the night: May the tie remains, the tie between the generations, the blood tie, now and forever!

3. What is the situation?
The dawn was on the land; an alarm clock rang, the son was sweeping the electric broom, the vacuum cleaner! But the vacuum gave up the ghost! The son yelled:
– The money spent on this machine has gone to waste! Had it been a purumu niàu, there wouldn’t be any breakdown!
Then a purumu niàu swished. Honorau is back home.

And always this voice of the land, from the pō to us, men and women of our days: May the tie remains, the tie between the generations, the blood tie, now and forever!