Archeologists place the earliest human settlement of the Samoan archipelago at around 2850 years before present.
As the Crane dance went on usually a young man would see a woman that did strike his fancy.
Unlike our current dating customs, the native American dating customs required that the young man speak to his mother who then would speak to the mother of the girl he was interested in.
Polynesian culture is the culture of the indigenous peoples of Polynesia who share common traits in language, customs and society.
Sequentially, the development of Polynesian culture can be divided into four different historical eras: Maternal mitochondrial DNA analysis suggests that Polynesians, including Samoans, Tongans, Niueans, Cook Islanders, Tahitians, Hawaiians, Marquesans and Māori, are genetically linked to indigenous peoples of parts of Southeast Asia including those of Taiwanese aborigines.
In the archaeological record there are well-defined traces of this expansion which allow the path it took to be followed and dated with a degree of certainty.
In the mid-2nd millennium BC a distinctive culture appeared suddenly in north-west Melanesia, in the Bismarck Archipelago, the chain of islands forming a great arc from New Britain to the Admiralty Islands.
That’s because, despite embracing many elements of the contemporary world, Tongans still proudly retain their authentic culture and traditions.
Couple this with a Polynesian monarchy that dates back many centuries, and you have a country that remains as close to the ‘true’ Polynesia as you’re likely to find.
Fish and vegetables are still cooked in earth ovens called Umus.