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Published February 28, 2024 Updated February 28, 2024

Le jeu des 7 Familles ’Utuafare

Colourful Happy Families game from Tahiti depicting costumes from different archipelagoes.

Tahiti / French Polynesia DIM & STP-Multipress Ethnic & Indigenous Happy Families Add to Collection

In Tahitian, 'Utuafare means ‘family’ or ‘household’. This locally produced card game comprises seven families named after seven of the archipelagoes which make up French Polynesia. Different costumes associated with each archipelago are featured, with a different background colour for each set of six cards. The card titles are in French and Tahitian. The cards themselves have square corners. The name of the printer – distribution image & musique (DIM) – is repeated multiple times on the reverse.

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Above: Le jeu des 7 Familles ’Utuafare card game made by DIM & STP-Multipress, Fenua (local name for Tahiti). Date unknown. 42 cards in tuck box. Size: 60 x 90 mm.

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