Fijian love poem
Na kemuni rairai ena iloilo
E noqu serekali taleitaki
Ia vakatotolo sa se yavu yani
Na noqu i otioti, "Au domoni iko"
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From this Melanesian language they will be about 800,000 Fijians to understand this translated poem. Fijian is the most important language of the Melanesian group. The only witnesses that we know about the oldest art of Western Polynesia are the ceramics of the "Lapita" tradition. Its decorative motifs (Greek, spiral, etc.) are found today in Polynesia, whether sculpture, engraving or tattoos. At the arrival of the Europeans, art in the Fiji Islands was less flourishing than in Eastern Polynesia. The statuary was undeveloped and only certain ritual or utilitarian objects were carefully decorated: the wooden war hammer, for example, and "tapa".
The Fiji Islands are anthropologically Melanesian; But their distant past and permanent contacts with the Samoa and Tonga Islands mean that artistic expressions are closely related to those of Western Polynesia. Varnished potteries are here very complex and unknown elsewhere in Oceania.
Archipelago of the southwest Pacific Ocean, the Fiji Islands form a collection of countless islands, islets, atolls, mostly of volcanic origin. The population consists mainly of native Fijians and Indians immigrants during British rule.