Sawana

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Not to be confused with Sawana, Bihar.
The village of Sawana on the island of Vanua Balavu, Fiji.

Sawana is a village on the Fijian island of Vanua Balavu, in the Lau[1] archipelago and is part of the Tikina of Lomaloma.[1]

Sawana is separated from the main village of Lomaloma only by a large ditch.[2] As the population is predominantly of Tongan origin, church services are conducted in Tongan, as well as Fijian.[2][3]

The selection of a high Chief[edit]

The nomination for the title of the Tui Lau comes from the Tongan community in Sawana[4][5] and is then handed to the Vuanirewa clan on the island of Lakeba for a final decision[6]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity, And History in Oceania, By Paul D'Arcy, University of Hawaii Press
  2. ^ a b Village of the Conquerors, Sawana: a Tongan Village in Fiji, By Alexander Philip Lessin, Phyllis June Lessin - 1970.
  3. ^ Lau Islands, Fiji By A.M Hocart and Bernice P. Bishop - Museum Bulletin 62, Publication Date: June 1969, Publisher: Kraus Intl Pubns, ISBN 978-0-527-02168-9
  4. ^ Mara, Ratu Sir Kamisese: "The Pacific Way: A Memoir", University of Hawaii Press, 1997
  5. ^ Village of the Conquerors, Sawana: a Tongan Village in Fiji, By Alexander Philip Lessin, Phyllis June Lessin 1970.
  6. ^ Mara, Ratu Sir Kamisese, The Pacific Way: A Memoir, University of Hawaii Press, 1997

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