This collaborative project involving the community on Nanumea, the Nanumean communities in Funafuti and Auckland, Tagisia Kilei and Anne and Keith, was begin initially by Tagisia Kilei in the 1990's. In September, 2003 Ane and Kiti were invited to Funafuti to work together with Tagisia on this project, in close consultation with a Committee of Nanufuti.
In December and January Kiti and Ane also went to Nanumea to work with elders there. Back in Funafuti again in late January, 2004, work continued with Tagisia. The "New Revised Draft" of the manuscript was finished on February 4th. It was given the title: Origins, Customs and Identity of Nanumea. Faka taatou, te igoa o te tuhi ko Tupuga, Faiga mo Iloga faka Nanumea.
In January, 2008 in Funafuti, the Faiga mo Iloga Komiti of Nanufuti met with Kiti (Ane had stayed in Oregon due to her job) to discuss the project. We agreed that the manuscript, which had not been updated since its 2004 unveiling, needed more work. However, we also agreed that it would be best to share it now with Nanumeans by posting it on this website. The manuscript produced in 2004 is available by clicking the links below.
ORIGINS, CUSTOMS and IDENTITY of NANUMEA
Title Page and Introduction (pdf, 12 pp)
Chapter 1 The Island of Nanumea (pdf, 17 pp)
Chapter 2 Origins of Nanumea's Chiefly Traditions (pdf, 29 pp)
Chapter 3 The Ahiga - The Heart of the Community (pdf, 15 pp)
Other Chapters are coming soon
TUPUGA, FAIGA mo ILOGA faka NANUMEA
Koa pili nei o fakaola mata o muna konei faka taatou!
Fakatogamuna mo "laupepa kamata" (pdf, 12 itulau)
Mata o Muna 1 Te Fenua ko Nanumea (pdf, 17 itulau)
Mata o Muna 2 Fakavae Akega o Faifaiga Aliki o Nanumea (pdf, 29 itulau)
Mata o Muna 3 Te Ahiga: te Loto o te Fenua (pdf, 15 itulau)
We are making minor revisions to the remaining chapters to prepare them for posting on this site. In time, the entire volume (about 215 pages) will be available here. Koa pili hoki o faulu ikonei te tuhi i te gana faka taatou!
The Committee of Nanufuti charged with this work is still involved with this project, as are Ane mo Kiti, and we will bring you updates from time to time.
Remember please -- this is a DRAFT (he ata fakatautau). This book is not finished, it is a work in progress. Ka hee oti te galuega, te tuhi tenei, koi galue fakatahi te Komiti o Nanufuti mo Ane mo Kiti, mo taumatua o Nanumea. Kae fai e loto koe ki ai, ke tuhituhi mai, o fesoasoani mo te haga mafa tenei! Fakafetai lahi!
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