Mata'afa Faumuina Fiame Mulinu'u I

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Mata'afa Faumuina Fiame Mulinu'u I (centre, facing camera), 1930

Mata'afa Faumuina Fiame Mulinu'u I (died 1948) was a high chief of Samoa and a leader of the country's pro-independence Mau movement during the early 1900s. He became the President of the Mau following the death of high chief and leader Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in 1929.[1]

He was the holder of high ranking ali'i chiefly titles, Mata'afa, Fiame from Lotofaga and Faumuina from Lepea. His wife Fa'amusami, was the daughter of paramount chief Malietoa Laupepa.

His son, Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu’u II (1921–1975) became the first Prime Minister of Samoa at the country's independence from New Zealand colonial administration.[1] His granddaughter, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa is a high ranking chief and a long serving cabinet minister in the Samoan government.

Mau carrying the coffin of Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III. Standing to the right wearing a single white stripe on his lava-lava, the Mau uniform, is Mata'afa Faumuina Fiame Mulinu'u I.

As a leader of the Mau, he was one of the wounded[2] during a peaceful Mau procession in the capital Apia on 28 December 1929 when New Zealand police fired into the crowd and resulting in a day of violence that saw up to 11 Samoans and a New Zealand constable killed.[3] The date is referred to as Black Saturday in Samoa's history.

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  1. ^ a b Tuimalealiʻifano, Morgan A. (2006). O tama a ʻāiga: the politics of succession to Sāmoa's paramount titles. University of the South Pacific. p. 23. ISBN 982-02-0377-5. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tapuitea, Historical Notes". Government of American Samoa. Vol. 3, No.50. Retrieved 21 February 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/samoa/rise-of-mau