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

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Thirteen
The Warrior Friends:
Pu Nevaneva and Pu Tokerou

Text 32
Visit of a Double-hulled Canoe
[Narrated by Pu Nukumarere
with the assistance of Pu Tokerau]

Te vaatia nei, Pu Tepuko koi ariki. Ko Pu Nukutaua, ko ana tama ne pai. Te urumatua ko Pu Takaraua. Toko rua ko Pu Tokerau. Toko toru, ko Pu Tepae. Pu Tekauariki na toko paa.

Kavataorua, take tama ne pai: Pu Akonima.

Te vaatia nei, ko te vaka ne au. Te pua rua. Ko te nga tau paanau e toko toru, ko Pu Akonima mo Pu Tokerau mo Pu Tepae, ko naatou ne oro i te vaka Anuta. Ne oro ki te vaka ne au i te Aaropanga. Ko nga poi taangata, te kau vaka, e toko paa.

Ko te vaka ku roa na aru i te moana. Kairo ni ngokai mo naatou. Ko naatou ku oti na kai e naatou, te kau vaka. E kai pe te tangata.

Ko naatou ne oko atu ki ei, ki te vae vaka. Toko rua ne oro ki runga, ko Pu

At this time, Pu Tepuko was still chief Pu Nukutaua produced his children. The firstborn was Pu Takaraua. The second was Pu Tokerau. The third was Pu Tepae. Pu Tekauariki was the fourth.

Kavataorua had another child: Pu Akonima.

At this time, a canoe came. A double- hulled canoe. 1 The three 'brothers', Pu Akomima and Pu Tokerau and Pu Tepae, they all went in an Anutan canoe. They went to the canoe that came in te Aaropanga. 2 The men, the [visiting] crew, were four.

The canoe had been at sea for a long time. They had no food. As for them, the crew, they had finished eating their food. All they had to eat were men. 3

They drew near to the canoe. The two of them, Pu Akonima and Pu Tokerau,

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