Moefaauo, a tulafale (orator) from Salelesi, photographed at Lufilufi, Upolu, Samoa, in 1900. AMS318/V6014. A tulafale speaks for his family or village group on special occasions and records family histories and genealogies. Over his cotton suit Moefaauo wears an ‘ie-toga (fine mat), a waistband of red parrot feathers, and a pandanus seed necklace ‘ulafala. These items of customary dress and the fue (fly whisk) and to’oto’o(staff) signify the special role and status of the tulafale.
Photographer:Reverend George Brown.Rights:© Courtesy of the Australian Museum
- That ie toga around his waist though o.O looks really fine, you dont see ie’s like that around anymore .. only in museums.