Twins

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Takume atoll (left) and part of Raroia atoll seen from the Space Shuttle, image courtesy of the Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center
The Twins or Napaite is the word used by the ancient Paumotu people to describe the the Raroia atoll and the Takume atoll that are located near one another in the Tuamotus chain in French Polynesia. The two atolls are located 740 km northeast of Tahiti, each with a population under 100 people. People on Raroia and Takume atolls live principally on fishing, copra cultivation, and pearl farming.

The languages spoken on the atolls are Pa'umotu and French. Pa'umotu is the local language, and French is taught in the elementary school on the islands. To attend secondary school, the children go to the larger island Makemo. To attend university they can go to Tahiti, 465 miles away.

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