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Traditional salt-making in Vusama Village

Jan 16, 2020

In 2018, the Vusama Village Community formed a group consisting of 128 iTaukei individuals from 35 households. The village is located on a coastal ridge of the Rove Peninsula, on the southwest coast of Fiji’s mainland of Viti Levu.

By language, social organization, and culture, the Vusama villagers belong to an original group of indigenous tribes, that settled on the current location some thousands of years ago. 

Linguistically, the community speak the local Nadroga-Navosa dialect of the iTaukei language, which is part of the Malayo-Polynesian language group1. Like most villages in Fiji, Vusama Village is headed by a turaga-ni-koro (government appointed village headman), is Christian dominated, and families are mostly patriarchal in structure. The men and women often marry outside the Vusama community.

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