American Samoa Local Customs

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American Samoa Local Customs

  • Agriculture- the village plantations

    Families make plantations usually on the hillsides. Sometimes the local Matai oversees the distribution of produce from the plantations for the whole village.An area is cleared of trees, then bananas, breadfruit, taro, papaya etc. are planted. In some lowlands a swamp can be used for water taro.In this warm moist climate a fallen tree rots away in...

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  • Samoan Tattoos

    It is an old tradition for the chiefs and any man deserving respect, to have geometrical tattoos on their body from waist to knee. The designs have meanings like the designs on tapa cloth.Old-style tattoos are painful and it is right of manhood, bravery and perseverance to get the tattoo. Every big chief needs a good tattoo :)Photos from a tattoo...

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  • Don't expect ancient traditions

    Most villages have activities for all ages with singing, traditional dance, siva siva, and Umu food. But Samoa is a modern educated place. You will see respect for old dress and customs, but most Samoans live with new music and dress like everywhere else. I include this 100-years-old picture because I like it. It brings memories of an exotic and...

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  • Fale: traditional samoan house

    Built with hardwood tree posts, floored with coral gravel and thatched with palm fronds, all lashed together without nails. Still used in villages and for ceremonial gathering places.

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  • Talofa! (Hello!) Speak Samoan

    Samoan language is gernerally pronounced like a romantic language. Here is how to count to ten. We put more words on the linked page.1. tasi2. lua3. tolu4. fa5. lima6 ono7. fitu8. valu9. iva10. sefuluhttp://www.ipacific.com/samoa/speak.html

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  • Samoan stamps

    Samoa has had their own stamps for about 100 years and many are in circulation for collectors. Postage to American Samoa is almost the same as American states because of the close relationship between the territory and the US since April 17, 1900 when American Samoa seceded to the US and became under a US naval government. Samoa has its own elected...

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  • Samoan flag and government

    With elected legislature and governor, Samoa is a democracy fa'a samoa, in the Samoan way.Here is a website for Governor Togiola and the government.

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  • Lava lava- most practical clothes

    The piece of cloth in a bright color or Hawaiian print is the traditional garb of men and women. It is a great wraparound for a swimsuit now and very comfortable for men to sit. You can buy them inthe shops and it si a great souviner to keep and use at home, beach or swimming pool. The usual size needs to be wide enough to wrap around yourself 1.5...

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  • 1)Do not barter, it is...

    1)Do not barter, it is considered very offensive. If you do not like the price then don't buy it.2)Cabs: always ask what the fare is to where you are going first, note if travelling within town, like Aggie's to McDonalds is 2 tala.3)You can't just swim anywhere, if you see a great beach at the side of the road, ask the village whose beach it is if...

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  • Respect 'Sa' or Sacred Time,...

    Respect 'Sa' or Sacred Time, usually around 6pm tho it can vary from village to village. When in doubt ask someone (they will appreciate this) and remain indoors during Sa time.Ask before you use any beach unless it is posted or you know who's beach it is.Maintain comfortable attire, but remember Samoa maintains someting of a 'beach attire' dress...

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