Tongan words for family 

‘Tongan words for family members’ is our newest video in a series exploring Pacific culture and language.

Family members have roles and responsibilities in line with the Tongan social hierarchy. As a traditionally matriarchal society, women generally hold a higher social standing than men.

For example, the highest ranking member within an extended family is the eldest paternal aunt (mehekitanga). She is considered to be the Fahu, the dignified leader of the family, as revealed in her role during special occasions such as weddings and funerals.

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5 Tongan words for family members

1. Tongan word for Parents

Mātu’a

2. Tongan word for Father

Tamai

3. Tongan word for Sister

Tuofefine

4. Tongan word for Brother

Tuonga’ane

5. Tongan word for Mother

Fa’ē

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