Tabawewa's Account

Tabawewa's Account of the Coming of the Settlers of Beru

Tabawewa's Account of the Coming of the Settlers of Beru

Nea Toetaniteka[missing page] of Banabato[missing page]

Uarari[missing page] was about to rest upon his land of Banabato[missing page], so he began to set it in order.

He overturned it, and threw it away to eastward; it fell in the sea, and lo, it became the Islands of Manatama[missing page].

And after that, Uarari[missing page] set a fence around his land (i.e. "The Fringing Reef"[missing page]); he set a guard of canoes about it.

Not a strange canoe must come near the land; if one appeared, it perished; if another appeared, it perished.

But after a time, a canoe from Beru appeared, and the people on it were Neh Kuotabe[missing page], and Neh Menanamieta[missing page]; and Nia Angenemeao[missing page], and Nia Tobereta[missing page].

That canoe did allow Uarari[missing page] to approach; he brought it to shore, for he wished to make his land more populous.

And at the first coming of the people of that canoe, they had no wives.

They were able to marry only when they met with the People of Uarari[missing page], even the Banu Inta[missing page] (the Breed of Spirits[missing page]), on Banabato[missing page].

And the man Neh Kuotabe[missing page] got his wife from Tabawewa[missing page] from among the people of Uarari, after he had fixed a date to meet them on the mirae[missing page] of Tabawewa[missing page].

And this was what the canoe from Beru did, when first it came to Banabato from over the sea; it came to shore, and its people hasten to measure out the foreshore in a circle around the island.

Each man was master of his portion.

And while they were busy measuring out the foreshore, Uarari watched them encircling the island.

Then he parted from them and went to his own place of Tabawewa[missing page]; and they came ashore, and they sought their wives from among the inhabitants of Banabato[missing page].

And afterwards, they again met together with Uarari at the place called Uarekaea[missing page], and they made a council with him.

And this was the judgment made in that council.

Each man who came from over the sea should be master of his portion of the foreshore.

But as for those of Tabawewa[missing page], the First People of Banabato[missing page] and the true inhabitants of the land, they bided their time, and their time arrived.