Fa'amatai - a brief introduction.
  • Fa'amatai is the chiefly system of Samoa, central to the organization of Samoan society.
  • Fa'a (Samoan for ‘in the way of’) + matai (family name or title) = Fa'amatai.

  • There are 2 types of matai’s

(a) Ali'i (Chief or high chief depending on a specific title’s rank)

(b) Tulafale (Orator Chief)

The wife of an Ali'i - Faletua.
The wife of a tulafale - Tausi.