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

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Eight
War with Tikopia

Text 15
War with Tikopia
[Narrated by Pu Nukumarere
with the assistance of Pu Tokerau]

Ne pakaoti te taa o te tau paanau o Paovaka, ave rea te rongo ki Tikopia. Ko naatou taina, ko Pu Tonga. Ko Pu Tonga ne karanga ka aru o taui mai te ngatau. Ne aru o taui mai mai Vanikoro.

Ko ia ne poki mai ki Tikopia. Ko nga Tikopia, ko naatou ne kararanga atu ki a Pu Tonga, ko ia ke nopo i Tikopia. Ko Pu Tonga ne karanga atu, "Ko toku paai pokouru ne tuku nei ne ave ke toti e oku pungona."

Ko nga Tikopia ne kararanga atu, "Oo iio. E rerei. Taatou oro."

Ko naatou ne porrau mai i nga vaka. Ko nga vaka Tikopia e maatea na rai. Naatou ne oko mai ki te Ava Tii. Ko nga vaka e rua ne oro ki Tupenua, kae maatea na rai nga vaka i te Ava Tii.

After the slaying of Paovaka's sons, the news was carried to Tikopia. Their brother was Pu Tonga. Pu Tonga said that he would go and purchase some arrows. He went to purchase them from Vanikoro. 1

He returned to Tikopia. As for the Tikopians, they told Pu Tonga that he should stay on Tikopia. Pu Tonga said to them, "I'll take the side of my head that is left, to be cut by my parents-in-law." 2

The Tikopians said to him, "Ah yes. All right. Let's all go."

They journeyed hither by canoe. The Tikopian canoes were very numerous. They reached te Ava Tii. Two canoes went to Tupenua, but there were many canoes at te Ava Tii. 3

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