Image: The orator Moefaauo, at Lufilufi, Upolu, Samoa
Moefaauo, a tulafale (orator) from Salelesi, photographed at Lufilufi, Upolu, Samoa, in 1900. AMS318/V6014. A tulafale speaks for his family or village group on special occasions and records family histories and genealogies. Over his cotton suit Moefaauo wears an 'ie-toga (fine mat), a waistband of red parrot feathers, and a pandanus seed necklace 'ulafala. These items of customary dress and the fue (fly whisk) and to'oto'o (staff) signify the special role and status of the tulafale. Facing his audience, he would stand and hold or lean on the to'oto'o and wave the fue to accentuate points in his speech.
- Reverend George Brown.
- © Courtesy of the Australian Museum
This image is from a large collection of photographs taken by Reverend George Brown during his work with the Methodist Mission in the Pacific Islands from 1876 to 1908.