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Te Motu Foliki is an islet of Nanumea atoll, Tuvalu.[1][2] It is a small uninhabited islet, which Nanumean traditions describe as being formed when sand spilled from the baskets of two women, Pai and Vau, when they were forced off Nanumea by Tefolaha, the Tongan warrior who became the ancestor of the people of Nanumea.[3]

Coordinates: 5°39′38.20″S 176°06′52.55″E / 5.6606111°S 176.1145972°E / -5.6606111; 176.1145972


  1. ^ Map of Nanumea. Tuvaluislands.com. 
  2. ^ British Admiralty Nautical Chart 766 Ellice Islands (1893 ed.). United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). 21 March 1872. 
  3. ^ Taulu Isako, Hugh Laracy (ed.) (1983). "Chapter 7 – Nanumea". Tuvalu: A History. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific and Government of Tuvalu. p. 49.