On Friday October 31st, 2014, Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo and staff from the Embassy of Tuvalu presented a lecture on ano making and the history of Te Ano at Taipei Municipal Bailing Senior High School. The lecture was organized by Taipei Shilin Community College, and the Embassy was specially invited to lecture on Te Ano because the College’s Vice President Ms. Liu Junying had been highly impressed by the Tuvalu Booth hosted by the Embassy at the 2014 Shilin International Cultural Festival, where ano making was a featured activity. The lecture was presented as a part of Shilin Community College’s “Learning and Life” lecture series, which extended from 27th to 31st October and included a total of 22 lectures.
The ano lecture was highly successful and provided audience members with not only a basic understanding of the history and rules of Te Ano, but also with hands-on experience weaving an ano. With the help of Tuvalu students studying in Taiwan, Embassy staff assisted the audience at the lecture make their own ano, and many members of the Taiwanese audience proved quite adept at ano weaving, easily completing one ano and even asking to make a second and third ano!
Pictures of this exciting event, as well as the powerpoint presentation used during the lecture, can be found below: