Fale, Tuvalu

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Fale is an islet of Nukufetau, Tuvalu.[1][2] The traditional history of Nukufetau recalls that in order to protect the atoll from raiders from Tonga, Lagitupu and Laupapa, two aliki (chiefs) protected Fale.[3] Lagitupu and Laupapa created trap at a place still called Tututekolo, which was beside a path which led to the beach, where they would surprise the raiders and spear them or split their skulls with an axe made from shells.[3]

In the late 19th century, after the coming of the missionaries, the people of Nukufetau lived on Fale before shifting to Savave an islet on the lagoon side of the Fale settlement.[3]

Historic grave sites have been identified on Fale.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Map of Nukufetau Atoll. Tuvaluislands.com. 
  2. ^ British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands. United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Publication Date: 21/03/1872 (Ed. 1893). 
  3. ^ a b c Nofoaiga Lafita, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 12 - Nukufetau". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. pp. 86–87. 
  4. ^ Pasoni Taafaki, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 2 – The Old Order". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 26. 

Coordinates: 8°02′S 178°18′E / 8.033°S 178.300°E / -8.033; 178.300