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Wonders of Tokelau

Fakaofo village, Tokelau
Fakaofo village / CloudSurfer, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 2.5

WorldBlue  Highlights

There is not much to tell about landmarks and specific attractions in Tokelau.

These three atolls consist of low-lying islands. On Atafu atoll lives endemic click-beetle Alaus constrictus, on atolls has been found also freshwater ostracod Tungucypridopsis lairdi which is not known outside these islands.

People have lived here approximately for 1,000 years – remnants of older settlements are found mostly in the sites of current settlements.

In Fakaofo village there was a 5.5 m tall coral slab that personified the primary deity of Tokelauans – Tui Tokelau. It was a centerpiece of yearly festivities. A smaller replica of this monument stands in the meeting house of Fakaofo today.

The fourth atoll – Swains Island – is part of the Tokelau cultural realm but politically it is a part of American Samoa.

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