Tala o le Vavau
Tala o le TupuʻagaTupuʻaga o Sāmoa
These stories tell us about how Sāmoa came into being.
"E tala lasi Sāmoa" means that there are multiple versions of
different stories, as told by different people at different times. Here we
explore the multiple versions of different Samoan origin stories, including the
"Solo o le Vā," the genealogy of the rocks, and stories about how the
name "Sāmoa" came into being.
Talatuʻu o le AtunuʻuTala o le Atunuʻu
These are common stories about
Sāmoa, including Sina and the eel, the octapus and the rat, Maui
Tiʻitiʻiatalaga, and others.
Tala o Nuʻu ma AfioʻagaTala i Nuʻu ma Afioʻaga
All Samoans belong to different ʻāiga (extended
families), who are headed by matai (chiefs), who
are tied to different nuʻu (villages).
Each ʻāiga and village has their own genealogies and stories. Some of these are
kept closely only within families and others are so well known, they are
published in different forms of writing.