Vaka gaoi

Te Vaka
Opetaia Foai


VAKA GAOI (Slave ship)
Composer Opetaia Foa'i

Faleata, thought of as a ranting, insane old witch, foretold the coming of the slave ships. No-one but her knew of the devastation and hell that would befall the peaceful islands of Tokelau. The Peruvian slave ships did come and brought a devastation previously unheard of in the Pacific. Families were torn apart, chased, whipped, thrown into ships and transported for profit. 


Tokelau language