Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0420-8;
Ro is a title used by Fijian chiefs in the Province of Rewa, as well as parts of Naitasiri, Namosi, and Serua. Both males and females are so styled; in other areas of Fiji, male chiefs are titled Ratu and female chiefs, Adi. Fijian people are the major indigenous people of the Fiji Islands (not to be confused with Indo-Fijians), and live in an area informally called Melanesia. The Fijian people arrived in Fiji from western Melanesia approximately 3,500 years ago. Later they would move onward to other surrounding islands including Rotuma, as well as blending with other (Polynesian) settlers on Tonga and Samoa. They are indigenous to all parts of Fiji except the island of Rotuma. The original settlers are now called "Lapita people" after a distinctive pottery produced locally. Lapita pottery was found in the area from 800 BCE onward.
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