Faatele is the characteristic song and dance form of Tuvalu. This style of dance is popular at community gatherings on each Tuvalu island, and in every Nanumean community around the world. Whenever there is a celebration, a community meal, a welcome or going away party, faatele is a part of the occasion.
The first link below takes you to several faatele performed in Naumea in January, 2004 -- the movie quality is limited to the format our small digital camera allowed. But the flavor of things is well represented. The energy of the young people during the all-night Po o Tefolaha dancing in the Ahiga is wonderful!
Faatele in the Ahiga, January 2004
Faatele in the Ahiga, Sept 2003
Maatia Toafa mo kau fai faatele, Funafuti, Oct 2003
Faatele, Tutokotahi 25th Anniversary, Oct 2003 Funafuti
Faatele i te Ahiga, faipoipoga a Charley (tama a te Faifeau Eti) mo Pule
Taumatua - Funafuti Tutokotahi Oct 2003
Tokolua nei hee loko maahani o fai te faatele -- kaalofa!
Would you like to share some knowledge or information about Faatele, or share some kupu/verses with us?
We can put them on this website for all Nanumeans to appreciate. Tuhituhi mai faka taatou, pau katoa!
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