The TokamotuThe Tokamotu
(as told by Folituki Talima)
The story is about the Tokamotu, the talisman of Niue once kept in Tuapa until stolen by the young men of Hakupu and put it in a cave at Veve..
In days long gone Niue was divided into two separate tribes known as Motu and Tafiti. The villages from Alofi Tokelau going north to Liku were called Motu and the rest of the villages going south around the island were called Tafiti.
The two tribes never liked each other hence warfare always broke out.
There was belief even to this day that a talisman known as the Tokamotu was declared the God and who ever held it would always have good harvests and would win the wars.
Tokamotu was treated like a God by the people of Tuapa. Tokamotu was kept in a small purposely built house on top of a rock foundation in the place called ___ located
just above Tuapa village. This small house was built of timber just big enough to house a small umu, like a fire place.
Hanging down from the roof just above the fire place was suspended the Tokamotu.
The belief was that if the Tokamotu was warm a good omen and good luck would descend on the village and its people.
In the times of harvest there was plenty of food. In the times of warfare the village Kau and the Toa would return home victorious.
When the chiefs prepared to fight or to defend their village, the Tokamotu was carefully removed from the roof and taken down to be immersed in water to cool down while prayers were offered to the Gods to strike down the enemies and their fighters be returned home safely.
One day, all this ritual stopped. The village people discovered their Tokamotu gone.
Stolen!!! Sadness and anger descended upon the village.
The guard Togafakahili, the fire keeper from the village, was entrusted with the role of keeping Tokamotu warm and safe. He forgot the honour bestowed upon him. He revealed the secrets of the village’s fortunes in the wars to the two Kulatea brothers from Hakupu. The two brothers plotted to walk inland and to secretly enter _____to remove the Tokamotu.
The Tokamotu was taken down, carried down to the sea coast where they hid until night time and then safely travelled to safety and home.
To this day, the people who removed the Tokamotu are believed to have been cursed. As a man from the village of Tuapa I would dearly love to have the Tokamotu returned to Tuapa, the little house rebuilt and the Tokamotu hanging and watching quietly from inside.
Ko e Tokamotu
(he talahau e Folituki Talima)
Ko e tala ke he Tokamotu ko e taoga lahi ha Niue ne toka I Tuapa a to hoko ke he vaha ne kaiha ai he tau tama fuata ha Hakupu, uta toka he ana I Veve.
Ko e vaha I tuai I Niue ko e mena vevehe ua e motu, ko Motu mo Tafiti. Ko e tau maaga kamata mai I Alofi Tokelau fano hala tokelau ki Liku ne faka higoa ko Motu. Ko e tau maaga ne toe kua faka higoa ko Tafiti. Nakai mitaki e tau fakafetuiaga he tau matakau nei. Ko e mena ia ne fa felatau ai .
Pe he e tala I tuai ti hoko mai ke he magaho nei, ko e Tokamotu ko e Atua ko e mena mahuiga lahi. Monuina e tau tagata ne leveki e Tokamotu, loga ha lautolu a tau kai,
ti monuina mo e kautu ka o he tau.
Leveki fakamitaki e Tuapa e Tokamotu tuga ni ko e Atua. Toka e Tokamotu he tama fale tote ne ta I luga he tau ulumaka ati I ---------------- I luga he kaina tuai I --------------------- -----------
Leveki fakamitaki e Tuapa e Tokamotu tuga ni ko e Atua.
Toka e Tokamotu he tama fale tote ne tā pauaki ki luga he ulu makamaka,he kaina ne higoa ko Fatuaua he faahi ki luga he maaga ko Tuapa. Ko e fale nei tā aki e tau akau fakatai pehē ko e lahi ni ke lata mo e taha e umu ka hao i loto.
Tautau hifo mai he alo fale i luga he afi e Tokamotu. Ko e pehē e tala, ka mafana e Tokamotu to loga lahi e tau monuina ka moua he maaga mo e haana a tau moto tagata.
Ko e Tau vaha Tauetau loga lahi e tau koloa kai ne moua. Ko e tau Vaha taulātau he tau maaga ko e Kau mo e tau Toa he maaga, liliu tumau a lautolu ki kaina mo e monuina.
Ka tauteute e tau takitaki ke o ke tau mae maaga, tahifo faka eneene mai ki lalo e Tokamotu ti tuku hifo ki loto he vai ke faka momoko kae liogi ke he Atua ke kaumahala e tau kau totoko kae monuina e tau matakau ha lautolu ke liliu ki kaina.
Hoko ke he taha aho kua nakai fai feua pehē nei ne taute. Tuogo ke he tau tagata he maaga kua galo kehe tuai e Tokamotu. Kaiha!!! Momoko mo e ita e tau loto.
Ko e tagata leveki afi ko Togafakahili kua tuku atu he maaga e tua kia ia ke leveki e Tokamotu. Kua nimo e ia e fekau lahi nei ne age kia ia. Talanoa e ia e tau monuina he maaga ka o he tau ke he tau fuata tokoua mai he maaga ko Hakupu. Pulega e tau lafu nei ke ohake hui hala loto he motu a laua ke uta kehe e Tokamotu.
Tuku hifo e Tokamotu ki lalo, tahifo ke he hala tahi, fufu, a to hoko ke he pō ke atā ke liliu a laua ki kaina.
Ke hoko mai ke he aho nei, pehē e tala ne iloa, malaia e tau tagata ne uta kehe e Tokamotu mai he maaga ko Tuapa.
Ko au ko e tagata mai he maaga ko Tuapa. Fiafia lahi au ka pehē kua liuaki tuai e Tokamotu ke he tama fale akau haana ne nofo ai i tuai he maaga ko Tuapa, ti kua tautau hake ki luga ke kitia mo e leveki e ia haana a tau tagata..