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THE WEAPONS OF SAMOAN WARRIORS


A collection of various Samoan Weapons:



1) Povai - A long slender war club with a domed end.



2) Fa'aaufala - A short mace like war club covered in numerous spikes.



3) Uatogi - A war club made in the shape of a coconut stalk or midrib.


4) Talavalu - A war club with 8 spikes 4 on both sides.


5) Fa'alaufa'i - A tooth war club made in the shape of a banana leaf.


6) Amu'amu - War club made in the shape of a paddle.


7) Fa'alautaliga - War club made in the shape of 2 ears placed together.


8) Nifo Oti - Toothed War club originally made out of wood.


9) Tao - Literally means spear, spears were made out of pau wood or mature coconut wood. A unique spear called Tala O Le Lo ( The Spine Of The Lo Fish) had multiple barbs cut into the spear shaft.


WEAPONS OF SAMOAN CHIEFS

1) Ama of Safata Upolu - His weapon was called FAITASI


2) Malietoa Laupepa - His War Club was a family War Club called ANAVA which he presented to American William Churchill.

3) Manono War Chief Fa'atauvelo - His war club was called TAMA MA TEINE and is currently at the London Missionary Society's Museum.

etc.. etc.. etc.. etc...


SAMOAN CANOES

1) Va'a Tele - Large double hulled plank voyaging canoe.


2) Amatasi - Canoe used for fishing and inter-island travel


3) Taumualua - 50 ft long plank built canoe with 2 bow shaped ends. This canoe was used for warfare and also used for transporting people and goods. Two of these canoes joined together is called Va'alulu when designed for war and Faiosova'a if they were to be used as supply ships.


4) Va'a Alo - 20 to 25 ft long canoe used for fishing


5) Paopao - Small dugout with two outrigger booms


6) Alia - Double hulled plank canoe


7) Fautasi


8) Soatau - Canoe used for War aid

9) Iatolima - A canoe with five outrigger booms


CANOES OF SAMOAN CHIEFS:

1) The Fierce Samoan Warrior/Chief Le Tagaloa Funefeai - Had 3 sets of War Canoes:

A). Ta I Le Vai

B) Ta I Le Tai

C) Pualele - This was the infamous personal Canoe of Funefeai that was used to transport him across LAND. Believe it or not but traditions assert that Funefeai would make his enemies pull/lift his personal canoe across land while he sat in it.

2) Tui Manu'a Alia Matua - Famous for his War canoe called Va'afasifolau (Canoe For Slaughtering Voyages). This Tui Manu'a was known as Karika in the Cook Islands and his canoe is famous in Rarotonga where he established a ruling line known as Makea/Karika. The photo below is a remake of the canoe of Tui Manu'a Alia Matua when he sailed to the Cook Islands hundreds of years ago.


3) Tupu Tafa'ifa Fonoti - Famous for his fleet of War Canoes called Va'a O Fonoti (Battle fleet of the King Fonoti). The term Va'a O Fonoti is also the honorific term for those villages and clans that helped Fonoti in his War for Kingship.

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Seki a le thread lea !! wow !! Faatoa ou vaai aku lea i le vaa sa faimalaga ai la'u koeiga i aga kaua !

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I Agree - Interesting Thread Manuatele!

Judging by the Pictures and References, I wonder though if the non-existence of War has made Samoans seemingly stagnant development wise.

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So was the nifo oti used by the daughters of ancient chiefs in warfare? I always thought that the women took refuge with the children while the men went out for battle.

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Hunter wrote:

I Agree - Interesting Thread Manuatele!

Judging by the Pictures and References, I wonder though if the non-existence of War has made Samoans seemingly stagnant development wise.




yea they all seem to be different types of clubs.

I dont think there was a shortage of Wars cos our history is full of war stories. I think its more the fact that theres an absence of metal and gunpowder.. maybe we needed chinese on the islands lol

Beautiful weapons though.. be nice to own a few of those to hang in the house or something.

Good thread Manuatele

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In reference to Samoan Canoes: At the end of the 19th century photographs of 4 Alia Canoes in Samoa were taken.

1) Olosega (Manu'a) - The Alia was called Fa'ainaelo
2) Saleaula (Savaii) - The Alia was called Sauaitagata
3) Safune (Savaii) - The Alia was called Fa'ataugali

4) I do not know the name of this Alia Canoe but this is the 4th Alia.


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I have a suspicion that your #8 Nifo Oti was the inspiration for the Ork weapon in the Lord of the Rings, pictured below. The guys from the Weta company who designed and made the weapons and costumes for the movie are based in NZ and are experts in historical weaponary. A lot of Samoan people believe that the Nifo Oti is based on the sugarcane cutter tool, also pictured below, but this may not be the case. It could just be a strange historical coincidence that they look similar.





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