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

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Nine
Beginnings of the House of Pangatau

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Origin of Te Api Pangatau
[Narrated by Moses Purianga]

Ko au, kau araara mora ki te pakata- pitonga mai o Pangatau mai mua.

Te tangata ne au i mua, na ingoa ko Rotoiporau. Na kau vaka, ko Rootoo, Pakitevaro, mo Aku.

Te vaka nei ku piripiri ki rere ko Anuta. A ko Pakitevaro e maatea rea na pakamakau ki na taina.

Peatu peatu i te pungaavaka. Topo ee rea ko Aku ki rotongaavata.

Kae au au ko te vaka. Kairo oko pa- karerei mai ki Anuta.

Teaa, pakapuaatia rea te vaka nei. Ko Rootoo ne kakau. Nopo rea i te Patu o Mangoo. Kakau mai raa o au ki Anuta.

Au o nopo i Anuta. Pai rea na tama, ko Manoamero. Tangata nei e ati na ingoa ko Pu Pouro.

As for me, I will now discuss the origin of Pangatau from early on.

Once upon a time, a man named Rotoiporau came here. His crew included Rootoo, Pakitevaro, and Aku.

The canoe approached the point where Anuta rushed [upward into view]. Pakitevaro became very jealous of his brother.

They fought and fought on the deck. Aku threw himself into the open sea.

Come, come then the canoe. It did not reach Anuta in good shape.

Then the canoe was under a spell. Rootoo swam. He stopped to rest on te Patu o Mangoo, then swam on this way toward Anuta.

He came to stay on Anuta. He produced a son, Manoamero. This man was called by the [marital] name Pu Pouro.

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