Fautasi Canoe Racers with Mirror Reflections on Water & Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi 10 Sene Samoa Authentic Coin for Jewelry
Fautasi Canoe Racers & Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi 10 Sene Samoa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (2011) (Teuila Festival Regatta)
Reverse: Fautasi canoe racers (with mirror reflection on water). Teuila Festival regatta is an annual festival featuring these Canoe racers .
Lettering: 10 SENE
Obverse: Bust of Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi.
Lettering: TUI ATUA TUPUATAMASESE EFI
Ruling authority Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (2007-2017)
Type Standard circulation coin
Value 10 Sene
0.1 WST = USD 0.038
Currency Tala (1967-date)
Composition Nickel plated steel
Weight 3.3 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.58 mm
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 22741
References KM# 168
Tui Ātua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Tufuga Efi (born Olaf "Efi" Tamasese; 1 March 1938) is a Samoan political leader and as holder of the maximal lineage Tama-a-'āiga title of Tupua Tamasese, is one of the four paramount chiefs of Samoa. He also holds the royal pāpā title of Tui Atua ('sovereign' of Atua).
Tui Ātua served as the third prime minister of Samoa from 1976 to 1982 and again later in 1982. On 16 June 2007, he was elected as Samoa's Head of State (O le Ao Mamalu o le Malo) from 2007 to 2017. He was sworn in at Samoa's Parliament (Maota Fono) on 20 June 2007.
A fautasi is a Samoan boat, similar to a longboat. Fautasi boats are around 100 feet in length and can accommodate a rowing crew of 50. A coxwain uses a drum to beat a tempo to coordinate the rowing. Each fautasi also has a captain. The meaning of fautasi is "to build as one," which reflects the need for teamwork in using the boats. Prior to the use of modern-day ferries, fautasi were the main mode of transport between Upolu and Savai'i.
Today fautasi are mainly used in racing events. Traditionally, men involved in the racing spent eight weeks away from their families and other luxuries, and training with their captain. The races take place during Independence Days week celebrations in June. The top three finalists in the races receives a cash prize from the Government of Samoa. The sport used to be male-only, but in 2013, there was an all-women crew. The first woman to become a fautasi skipper was Zita Martel in 2001. Entrants from Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii have participated. Fautasi are made of hollowed-out trees.
An annual display of Samoan and Polynesian culture during the first week of September
September in Samoa brings the Teuila Festival and if you’re looking to see our beautiful islands at their vibrant best, this is the perfect time for a visit. For the first week of the month, Samoa becomes the cultural hub of the South Pacific, and visitors get to experience an incredible amount of our country’s traditions - all at the same time. The festival provides an opportunity for villages, church congregations and communities to compete against each other through traditional dance and music – and it's a total treat for visitors to witness.
The festival was first held in 1991 and has grown to become one of the country's most popular annual events. Everyone looks forward to it as a time to celebrate all that’s wonderful about being Samoan. Visitors can be mesmerised by glorious singing voices; learn to dance the traditional Siva Samoa; witness Ailao Afi (fire knife dancing); learn about traditional Samoan tattooing; check out contemporary dance competitions; watch carving demonstrations; attend the Miss Samoa Pageant and eat delicious food cooked in an Umu (Samoan ground oven).
The name Teuila comes from the country’s national plant - otherwise known as red ginger - and you’ll see them displayed in a riot of colour during the festival. There really is no better time to explore our islands - the smells, sights, sounds and colours of our beautiful nation are all proudly on display, for everyone to enjoy.