TAMA TOA NUI is an award winning ALL MALE TAHITIAN DANCE TROUPE led by Ryan & Vairea Tupana Samn
Our first project in 2017-2018 consisted of 18 boys from across Northern California, working collectively to perpetuate the culture of the Australes (Tuha’a Pae: Rurutu & Tubuai, respectively) through music,
dance & language. There are 2 branches of TAMA TOA NUI ---one in California & one in Faa’a Puurai.
We are proud to collaborate with our long time family friend John “Bubs” Sangalang
as our lead drummer and composer. Together, we have assembled a team of young men
who have shown interest in gaining knowledge from the Australes region,
abandoning sole emphasis on dance technique (common in the U.S.) but rather setting focus to:
-the unique chants from Rurutu that accompany Rurutu drumming pehe
-the unique rima’i & rara’a costuming techniques from Rurutu
-the historical ties between the Australes islands & Tahiti
-the relation between the Australes & the region of the Cook Islands
-the legends (‘a’amu) native to Tubuai passed down through oral tradition
-the overall perpetuation of the Australes/Tuha’a Pae culture as outsiders & foreigners
TAMA TOA NUI is not a traditional dance school with regularly scheduled classes, tuition and enrollment.
We are a competitive group & an organization under the direction of Tānera'i i Ni'a.
We work collaboratively with others to educate & spread the love for the Austral islands of French Polynesia.
Watch our award winning presentation "The Legend of Havai" below. This is from the Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete 2018, Tama Toa Nui won Overall Junior/Amateur Group with 1st Place for 'ote'a & 1st Place for 'aparima.