This term and the ideas behind it have become very important recently.Using this concept of original ownership of the land has helped the Fijians to insist that they, and not the Europeans who colonized the islands, have the right to the land, its resources, and the political power of the country.
More than 300 volcanic and coral islands in the South Pacific Ocean make up the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Fiji.
Children often live with their parents past the age of independence, and marriage is patrilocal (with the daughter-in-law moving in with her husband’s family at marriage).
It is common for households to be multigenerational as elders rarely live independently in Fiji.
In this chapter, the term "Fijian" is used to refer to the descendants of the original population of this chain of islands.
The Fijian word Taukei, which means "owner" or "original inhabitant," is now commonly used to refer to indigenous Fijians.