The gifts brought to Tui Tokelau included woven mats,
pearls, cultural wear, food, vegetation, an abundance of
raw materials to make handicrafts.
People were afraid and respected the authority on Fakaofo,
and the children also respected their parents. The
highest authority was the chiefs who control and made the laws of the land.
Rules were respected and the community was all united
under the highest authority. No one dare to whisper or
undermine the authority or they would be punished by
death (buried alive under a rock).
All these changed when the missionaries started arriving
Tokelau and introduced Christianity.