Over 140 ancient mounds which date back to prehistoric times have been found in the lowland forest areas throughout the Samoan archipelago. Known as Starmounds because of their star-shape appearance, their Samoan name (tia seu lupe) literally means â€˜earthen mound to catch pigeonsâ€™. For centuries, pigeon-snaring was the most cherished sport in Samoa. Hunters tested their skills in capturing the greatly prized pigeons in contests held around the Starmounds.
The pigeons and the traditions disappeared long ago, but the old stories keep them alive.