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

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Early Invasions Are, Repulsed

Text 6 Pata and Inapo [Narrated by Moses Purianga]

Ko au, kau araara ki te araarapanga i mua, i te mataki noporakinga mai a te tau maa. A Kaurave mo Pare.

Te mataki porau ne au mai mai te Atu Runga. Te vaka nei e ati ko te Vaka o Tamareua.

Te vaka nei ne au i te poo. A ko nga paapine ne oro ki rototai. Oro o raorao. E kau i ei, Nau Kaurave. Nau Kaurave, te nopine o Pu Kaurave. Teaa, te Tonga.

Oro oro i rototai. Kae pakarongo ki te aringa e tukua mai, mai te mataamatangi. Kairo rea!

A nai ko te vaka o Tamareua. Ko te vaka e ati Tamareua, ko te . . . ko ia e rati i te vaka.

As for me, I will relate an ancient story from the time the brothers-in-law, Kaurave and Pare, first dwelt together here.

The first voyage came here from the Higher [i.e., Polynesian] Archipelagoes. This canoe is called Tamareua's Canoe.

This canoe arrived at night. The women went down to the reef flat. Went to catch fish on the reef with their bare hands. Nau Kaurave participated in it. Nau Kaurave was the wife of Pu Kaurave. He was the Tongan.

They went out to the middle of the reef flat. Then they smelled a stench wafting hither on the face of the wind. It was incredible!

It was Tamareua's canoe. The canoe was called Tamareua [after] the . . . he was the canoe's leader.

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