The Fire Knife Dance by Pulefano F. L. Galea\'i
The Story Behind The Flames Ta'alolo to Nifo'oti

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"This colorful manual combines the history of an exotic cultural tradition with the biography of a remarkable man who has devoted his life to its practice and preservation...Modern ailao performers owe a debt of gratitude to Galea‘i, who not only handcrafts special nifo’oti for the ceremonial art, but has proved himself a cultural ambassador."
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The book expresses the history of the Samoan fire knife dance (Samoan Ailao), from the time it was a victory ceremony of war to it’s modern day form. The explanation of the weapon nifo’oti (the deadly tooth or cutting tooth) is defined. The book elaborates the various stages of the dance from traditional to creative or a modern style, it also define how to build the actual knife itself. It also expresses how to formulate a dancing routine from its simplest stages to become a professional, to prepare the knife and body to take on the challenge to compete against the world’s best. The step’s of dancing with one, two, three and four knives are mentioned. It elaborate of how to perform with safety for the performer and spectators, it expresses the rules and criteria and how to build champions from broom sticks to the real ni’oti. The fire knife dance book I hope will satisfy all about the dance ailao, it’s origin and the story behind the flames.
 

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Published December 27, 2015 by Xlibris US. 268 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.
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on Feb 29 2016

"This colorful manual combines the history of an exotic cultural tradition with the biography of a remarkable man who has devoted his life to its practice and preservation...Modern ailao performers owe a debt of gratitude to Galea‘i, who not only handcrafts special nifo’oti for the ceremonial art, but has proved himself a cultural ambassador."

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