Samoan Fale


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Fale litterallty means house in the Samoan language and is also used as prefix in naming buildings in Samoa, for example.: Falesa = Church

The Tufuga Fau Fale is the name given to the builders of the fale. There are a few traditional types of Samoan Fale, each with its own name and function.

Faletele This is the fono or meeting house. Its shape large with a high roof and round or round with very short sides

Faleoo This is the normal house used for the family

Faleafolau This is a guest house, its shape consists of long sides and rounded ends much like the shape of the fale pictured on our home page.

Falelalaga This is where ie toga or fine mats are woven.