POLYNESIAN BONE CARVING

Crafts for Sale

Iuni W. Tuaimeiuta

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Canopy D

Iuni Tuaimeiuta grew up in Utah. Her parents, Iohani and Salote Wolfgramm, were the first Tongans to make Utah their permanent home. After marrying Sailosi Tuaimeiuta, a traditional bone carver, Iuni learned to carve from him. Today they carve cow bones – a process that requires many months of cleaning, curing and preparation of the bone. Traditional symbols are then sketched, cut out, hand-carved and polished to create beautiful jewelry with ties to their Tongan and Polynesian heritage.