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#1 Sep 4, 2012
Samoans were, and still called by a few Mao'i. It is this word where the term Maori, Maoli, Maohi and Moai came.

Does any one of us Samoans still call themselves Mao'i?

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#2 Sep 4, 2012
Its a term hardley used any more.. But growing up I heard it b4. Mao'i means true.. Samoa mao'i , tagata mao'i.. Tama/teine..

Good topic.. Almost forgot about this saying.

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#3 Sep 4, 2012
fonk-difyd wrote:
Its a term hardley used any more.. But growing up I heard it b4. Mao'i means true.. Samoa mao'i , tagata mao'i.. Tama/teine..
Good topic.. Almost forgot about this saying.
I bumbed into some writings by Peter Leiataua about the actuall name of Samoan was Mao'i. He also noted that in ancient times Tongans were reffered to as Si'i. Ive only heard of Si'i in the expression Tama Si'i but now i know where it came from.

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#4 Sep 5, 2012
Another thing about the word "Tagata"... It's like the respectful way of calling a male role model... Sort of like "Sir" or "Mister" but in a Tongan sense of way...

Um, Tangata in Tongan can mean: human, people, man, mankind, humanity, person, prestigious / prominent / significant person, etc...

We referred to ourselves back in the days as Tagata Oe Fonua or Tagata'i Fonua. Persons/People of the Land and not Tongan. For back in the days Tonga Tapu was ONLY referred to the main island as "Sacred South". As far as the rest of Tonga was concerned, they were "Tagata" of whatever island they were individually from. Vava'u people considered themselves Tagata 'O Vava'u and Ha'apai people "Tangata 'O Ha'apai" and so on...

So yea, no borders, no nationalistic ideals, no color lines, no divisions, no maritime borders to separate ourselves from each other. Only thing that separated us as Polynesians and people of Oceania was the ocean and individual islands we came from.

“MASINA”

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#5 Nov 9, 2012
Tagata Folau O le Vasa wrote:
Samoans were, and still called by a few Mao'i. It is this word where the term Maori, Maoli, Maohi and Moai came.
Does any one of us Samoans still call themselves Mao'i?
The word is still utilized, and has not fallen into disuse. It is not only used in reference to people but events, happenings, circumstances...emphasis on truth, reality...real. true and equivalent to another word such as.... moni.

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