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Tongans

 

the indigenous population of the Tonga Islands, in Polynesia. They number about 98,000 (1974, estimate).

The Tongans are anthropologically and culturally related to the other Polynesian peoples. They speak Tongan, which is somewhat different from the other Polynesian languages. The Tongan culture has retained its original form to a significant degree, and the social structure is characterized by archaic features. The Tongans’ main occupation is land cultivation. Most Tongans are Methodists; there are also Catholics, Mormons, and Anglicans:

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In 2016 the United States constructed six water-catchment tanks on the Tongan island of Tefisi to deal with the effects of drought and climate change.
Stromsoy added: "I am sure our relationship with the Tongans will last a lifetime.
Exploring the meaning of mental illness among Tongan people in Aotearoa New Zealand is the subject of Massey University mental health nursing lecturer Sione Vaka's PhD research thesis and was the subject of his presentation at the forum.
We wanted to do that for our country, for our land, and we did it for the Tongan people - which is something we love to do.
he bulk of 'illegal' immigration cases in Tonga involve overseas ethnic Tongans who return to Tonga and overstay without a Tongan passport.
This fascinating work by an anthropologist who has produced some of the liveliest ethnography on Tonga over the past decade finds the most telling transactions accounting for the cultural character of Tongan modernity in events on the margins and edges of everyday life in Nuku'alofa, the urban and population center of the islands.
For us to beat France is very special and it's good for Tongan rugby and for our people who have supported us since we have been in New Zealand.
The Tongans untied the barrel and knotted some fishes onto the rope.
Tongan Advisory Council chairman Melino Maka said it was quite upsetting to see that the airline had viewed Tongans as "uncontrollable alcoholics".
New Brighton NEW BRIGHTON proved they can still perform without their Tongan contingent as they won 29-14 at Aspatria in their latest North One West clash.
Tongan police have admitted that a lack of accurate records meant the number of missing could yet be higher.
But quick tries by Sukanaivalu Hufanga and Viliami Vaki helped the Tongans to a valuable losers' bonus point.