Adventures of Fu Rotomua
Pu Rotomua: Strongman of Anuta
[Narrated by Pu Nukumarcre
with the assistance of Pu Tokerau]
Ko naatou ne oko ki Tikopia. Ko naatou ne pai taranga ko Tauvakatai ne kairo tauria.
Ko Taoeva ne karanga atu, ko na ngatau ne tuu i a Tauvakatai. Ko nga Tikopia kairo pakatonu ki ei. Ko Taoeva ne karanga atu, i te Ao Nima, ko naatou e poki mai o maataki.
Ko naatou ne o mai. Aaro mai ki ngaauta i te Ava Tii o naatou vaka. Naatou ne o mai ki te Ana o nonopo i ei. Ko naatou mo Tearakura mo Pu Tepuko mo Pu Pangatau.
I te ao nei, ko Tauvakatai e kava pero i nga raakau o te punga pare. Ko te ao nei, ka mate e Tauvakatai.
Ko ia ne pakarei ipo e Pu Taokave ke ipo o maataki nga Tikopia i te Ana. Pe ku taaia pe kairo?
They arrived at Tikopia. They discussed how Tauvakatai had not been hit by [any of their] arrows.
Taoeva said to them, his arrow hit Tauvakatai. The Tikopians did not believe him. Taoeva told them that on Friday they would return to look. 1
They came hither. They paddled their canoes ashore at the Ava Tii. They came to te Ana to sit there. They along with Tearakura and Pu Tepuko and Pu Pangatau.
On this day, Tauvakatai was climbing among the timbers on the roof of the house. 2 This day, Tauvakatai would die.
He sent down Pu Taokave to go down and observe the Tikopians in te Ana. Had they been killed or not?
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Publication information: Book title: Oral Traditions of Anuta:A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands. Contributors: Richard Feinberg - Author. Publisher: Oxford US. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 160.
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