Amy Herman

My mama told me this story about herself and her children.  The message is about working hard for what you want.

Kia Orana,

My mama told me a story about herself and her children.

She was born in Mangaia 28 June 1954. She is married to Mata and they have six children. Four were born in Rarotonga and two were born in Manihiki.

When they came home from school, they would clean the house and rake the rubbish outside their home. When their mum and dad came home, they would cook their food outside, because in those days they didn’t have an oven.

My mama used to wash all their clothes by hand. They would grow pineapple and tomatoes and export these. They also grew taro, kumara, ui, tarua for their food and also rukau and fish.

Their transport was pereo that was pulled by horses, and they also used to carry heavy food. They used to wear rauti and the pakiri manu and their houses were made of kikau and the rau-ara. . . Kia Manuia. . .


I chose this shape because it represents the dolphin that my Grandgrand Uncle Pa sat on when the dolphin saved him from being attacked by sharks, and when he swam from Moorea to Tahiti. The patterns inside represent: sister, my aunty, brother, sister, me, mum, dad, mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, papa. The dolphin also represents my Uncle Pa.