Introduction

This Samoan legend explains how Ti'iti'i conquered the fire god, and brought fire and cooked food to the Samoan people.

The legend is retold by students of Avalon Intermediate School (Years 7 and 8) in English, and Samoan. This story is dedicated to the memory of Joshua.

O le uluai afi i Samoa

Ao faasolosolo malie ona vaaia o le masina i le lagi lanumoana o Samoa,
sa faapea foi ona moumou malie ese atu o le la i le afiafi.
Sa oo mai le pogisa, ae sa amata ai foi, ona tapenapena ma sauniuni le tama o Tiitii, 
e agai atu e faigaluega. E tau le vaai Tiitii i lona tama. I se tasi aso, sa tonu ai loa i le tama,
o le a taumulimuli ai loa i lona tama.
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As the moon rose, the sun began to fade away into the night sky in Samoa. 
It was dark and Ti'iti'i's father was getting ready to go to work. 
Ti'iti'i hardly ever got to see his father. So one day he snuck out of the house to follow his father to work.

Ina ua taunuu i se mauga, sa tauvalaau loa le toeaina,

“Tatala mai.” Sa matala le mauga, ma savali atu ai loa le toeaina i totonu,
 ae tolotolo atu ai ma Tiitii. Sa taunuu Tiitii i totonu, ma ae ai loa i se laau.
Sa faateia Tiitii ina ua vaai atu, oloo faigaluega lona tama ise mea foliga uiga ese,
ma matua lapoa, auleaga, oloo feula solo ni afi.

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As they arrived at a mountain, Ti'iti'i's father called out to the mountain,
saying "Tatala maia", which means 'open mountain'. Then the mountain opened.

Ti'iti'i's father walked in, and Ti'iti'i followed behind. 
As Ti'iti'i was following, he climbed a nearby tree.

Sa oso le ita tele o Tiitii, ma faavave ifo loa i lalo ma valaau atu i le sauai, e aumai le afi.
Sa tei le sauai ma tilotilo mai ia Tiitii, ae sa atili ai le ita o le tama ma valaau atu,
 “Sau ta fusu.” Sa amata loa le fusuaga, ma faatoilalo ai le sauai.
Sa faatonuina loa e Tiitii le sauai ina ia aumai ni mea ai ua uma ona faavelaina.
Sa faia e le sauai e pei ona faatonuina ai e Tiitii.

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There was his father working for a gigantic, ugly thing blowing fire everywhere.
 Ti'iti'i was so mad that he climbed out of the tree and commanded the monster [to give him] fire.
But the fire god hesitated, so Ti'iti'i offered to fight.
Then they started fighting and Ti'iti'i got the fire god to the ground.

Sa faia loa se aiga tele na auai tagata uma o le aiga o Tiitii.
 
E lei toe popole tagata i le vevela o mea ai ma le mu o o latou gutu,
ae sa aai ma le fiafia.

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Ti'iti'i demanded cooked food, so the fire god gave it.
They all had a big feast, and all the family came to join.
They were eating so fast that they got burnt mouths, but they were still happy.

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