Oral Traditions of Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands

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Three
Peopling the Island

Text 3
Peopling the Island
[Narrated by Pu Nukumarere
with the assistance of Pu Tokerau]

Nga kanopenua e rua. Nga ariki toko rua poki. Te ariki, Tui Anuta, na ingoa te Ariki Apao. Taie mea, Pakakana.

Ko naatou noporaki. Pu Ariki ne au mai Tikopia. Ne aru ki a Tui Anuta; ki a te Ariki Apao. Kararanga atu ko naatou, kairo naatou iroa te raa mo te matangi mo te ngaru. E ngaaio pero. Ko naatou e kararanga, "Kairo e ngaru; kairo e matangi; kairo e raa."

Ko Tui Anuta ne karanga, ko ia e piipia ke mamata ki te raa mo te matangi mo te ngaru. Ko Pu Ariki ne karanga atu, "E rerei." Ko ia ka aru ki Tikopia; ka pai i te penua nei te raa mo te ngaru mo te matangi.

Ku oko ki Tikopia; kae tapito te apaa mo te ngaru mo te matangi. Te ngaru ne au o keri te penua. Nga raakau ne patipatia i te matangi.

There were two populations. There also were two chiefs. The chief, Tui Anuta, 1 his name was the Ariki Apao. The other one was Pakakana.

They dwelt. Pu Ariki 2 came from Tikopia. He went to Tui Anuta; to the Ariki Apao. They said to him that they were unfamiliar with the sun and the wind and the surf. There only was fine weather. They said, "There is no surf; no wind; no sun."3

Tui Anuta said he wanted to see the sun and the wind and the surf. Pu Ariki said to him, "All right."4 He would go back to Tikopia; the sun and the surf and the wind would occur on this island.

He arrived at Tikopia; then began the storm and the surf and the wind. The surf came to bury the island. The trees broke in the wind.

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