Fiji's Family Network
Ratu Seru Cakobau wears a copious, red-brown Tongan ngatu. In Fiji this cloth is associated with chiefs and sacred uses. He catches it with a white barkcloth cummerbund (i-oro) and holds another chiefly symbol, a fan (iri), in this case feather-trimmed (vakavuti).
Adi tupoutoa cakobau
Adi Apinetta, daughter of Ratu Epenisa Seru Cakobau and wife of Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba, is shown here with a fan, i-iri, typical of those seen in Fiji. Behind the lady can be seen a small part of a gatu vakaviti, one of the great cloths of Lau, with typical figuring that is a hybrid of Fijian stencilling and Tongan rubbing.
Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua, second of three sons of Cakobau by Adi Litia, He wears a chiefly red-brown smoked barkcloth headscarf (i-sala kuvui) and wabale shoulder-sash, and a masi barkcloth cummerbund (i-oro), but his i-sulu skirt seems to be a tasselled Western cloth, perhaps a counterpane. Ratu Timoci and his manservant were the ones who introduced the measles to Fiji from NSW, starting (but surviviing) the epidemic that wiped out a fifth of the Fijian polulation
Two daughters of Cakobau and Adi Litia, wearing smocks and skirts. Adi Kakua is the one on the left holding an elaborately bound book (presumably a bible) whilile her older sister Adi Arieta Kuila (d.27.1.1881) is standing, holding a posy of flowers.
view showing a group, sitting in two rows in front of the verandah of Government House at Suva. All the men were Government 'Rokotui' (Roko = local officers in charge of a district, Tui = king or sovereign). All the men were high chiefs in their own right. 1-6 left to right, front row: 1. Not known; 2. Katonivere, Rokotui Machuata; 3. Not known, Rokotui Ra; 4. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Rokotui Tailevu (eldest son of Seru Cakobau); 5. Marica Toroka, Rokotui Lomaiviti; 6. Not known. 7-13 left to right, back row: 7. Not known; 8. Ratu Peni, Rokotui Naitasiri; 9. Not known; 10. Ratu Luke Nakulanikoro, Rokotui Nadroga; 11. Ratu Timoci, Rokotui Rewa (and, by Fijian title, Rokotui Dreketi); 12. Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua, Rokotui ? (son of Seru Cakobau); 13. Ro Matanitobua, Rokotui Namosi