Archeologists place the earliest human settlement of the Samoan archipelago at around 2850 years before present.This date is based upon the ancient lapita pottery shards found throughout the islands; The oldest evidence being in Mulifanua.Within a mere three or four centuries between about 1300 and 900 BC, the Lapita culture spread 6000 km further to the east from the Bismarck Archipelago, until it reached as far as Samoa and Tonga.In this region, the distinctive Polynesian culture developed.Most cultures have unique dating and courtship rituals that are strictly follow, and the native Americans were no different in this.
Samoan oral history, however, extends only as far back as AD 1000 Whatever occurred between 750 BC and AD 1000 remains a mystery, though this may have been the period of great migrations that led to the settlement of present-day Polynesia.
As the Crane dance went on usually a young man would see a woman that did strike his fancy.
Unlike our current dating customs, the native American dating customs required that the young man speak to his mother who then would speak to the mother of the girl he was interested in.
This culture, known as Lapita, stands out in the Melanesian archeological record, with its large permanent villages on beach terraces along the coasts.
Particularly characteristic of the Lapita culture is the making of pottery, including a great many vessels of varied shapes, some distinguished by fine patterns and motifs pressed into the clay.Many Tongans still live in village communities following traditional customs, especially on the outer islands.