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.