(officially known as Independent Samoa) has the most tourist appeal.
There are two main islands, both with stunning secluded beaches and
coastal views, some lovely waterfalls and lots of traditional fishing
Neighbouring American Samoa, just to the south
east, shares an identical culture and language but was taken over by
America in 1899 and remains a US territory. Although its traditional
culture and lifestyle has been eroded on the outside, the people are
still very much Polynesians at heart.
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Culture of Samoa __ "The traditional Culture of Samoa is a
communal way of life. In the Samoan culture all activities are done together.
There are 3 main parts in the Samoan culture, that is Faith, Family and Music."
an encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia -
The People of Samoa by Samoa Koria __ Read about Samoan history, learn about
Samoan canoes and how to say hello and good-bye. - illustrated - From
PlanetPapers - Samoan Language __
A good overview. "The Samoan language cannot be considered as strong language,
and few letters of the alphabet are put to use. D and B are never used; H, R,
and K are of rare occurrence, which are found in words that have been
introduced. All words have a vowel termination, and their etymological forms are
constructed by the employment of particles attached to the roots, thereby
forming agglutinative or polysynthetic words." - From planetpapers.com -
Samoa - Origin of Name... __ "Numerous legends have been created about the first
people who populated the islands, and the origin of the name Samoa. These
legends, with several versions of each, have been handed down through the
generations." Here is a generalized version. - From janesoceania.com -
Samoa - Samoan Culture
Samoa, means the Samoan Way. This is an all encompassing concept that dictates
how Samoans are meant to behave. It refers to the obligations that a Samoan owes
their family, community and church and the individuals sense of Samoan identity.
The concept of respect is also very important. You must always respect you
betters, this includes those older than you, matais, ministers, politicians
doctors and teachers. This unquestioning demand for respect is taking its toll
in modern Samoa as the younger generation, which is invariably better educated
than its predecessors, constantly finds itself trying to balance the demands of
a conservative Samoan society with its knowledge of the world, increasingly
gathered from overseas education and experience. This has lead to one of the
highest suicide rates in the world." Many articles and images - illustrated -
From samoa.co.uk -
Samoa - Tattoos __ tatoos seem
to be a fairly common denominator for many Pacific cultures. Here is a history
and explanation of Samoan tatoos. - illustrated - From samoa.co.uk -