Turaga

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This article is about Fijian culture. For the Vanuatu-based indigenous movement, see Turaga nation.

In Fijian, Turaga is the word for man (male person). Titles require a combination of words. (see below)

The Turaga-ni-Koro would be the head of the village (Koro), usually elected or appointed by the villagers.[1] As kind of city administrator or mayor, he is playing a key role in the modern Fijian government structure and is paid a small government allowance.[2]

Similarly, the chief of a Mataqali (clan) would be the Turaga-ni-mataqali. The exact historical status of the Turaga plays an important role in conflicts about Fijian common landownership.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Naiker, Utkatu. "Local Government in Asia and the Pacific: A Comparative Study". Country paper: Fiji. UNESCAP. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  2. ^ Lucas, Verona; Nauque, Setefano; Chandra, Sachin (2003). "Assessing Community Perspectives on Governance in Fiji" (pdf). RETA 6065. FSPI. Retrieved 2007-02-23.  [dead link]
  3. ^ Boydell, Spike; Shah, Krishn (2003). "An inquiry into the nature of land ownership in Fiji" (pdf). The International Association for the Study of Common Property. Retrieved 2007-02-23. [dead link]

    Other uses[edit]

    Turaga was used by The LEGO Group for their toy line Bionicle.

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