We have a funeral in the family this week. My mom’s beautiful Aunt lived a long, full life and was called a few days ago to rest in Paradise.
Typical of many Samoan funerals, Auntie won’t be buried until early next week. In the meantime, the family is spending a lot of time together – cleaning, cooking, planning, reminiscing, discussing protocol, and sharing lots of meals.
Enthusiastic cooks might think ‘bring-a-plate’ gatherings like these would be the perfect time to show off their culinary skills – they’d be wrong.
We’ve got a big family connected to several church groups, and all Samoans are programmed to not arrive empty handed… so your stellar dish would be lost in the mountains of food available throughout the week.
But late in the evenings of a Samoan funeral, when most of the day’s visitors have gone and only the close, blood relatives linger – to buoy each other’s spirits with light banter and shared memories… this is the time to bring out the best of our refreshments. This is Cup Tea time.
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When I get rich and have a nice house with big empty walls, the first thing on my agenda will be to begin collecting art. Not just any art, though. I want to find work that reflects my culture and personality in unique and interesting ways… art that is a lot more refined and skilled than my own acrylic dabblings (I’ll save my paintings for the inside of my walk-in closet…maybe behind the clothes racks).
Since I’ve decided it’s not long now before I’m that kinda rich (positive mental attitude, guys!), in the last month or so …Read more ››
Found this great photo at kincaidsamoa.blogspot.co.nz
NOTE to that ONE Facebook page about Samoan ghost stories: Please give credit to the writer (that’s me) when you get around to copy/pasting this story. Last time it freaked me out a little to see all my own words mysteriously appear on a random FB page… Thank you!
One night my mom and I and some relatives were discussing all the crazy ghost stories we’ve heard from around the Samoan way – and it’s not just a few. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think all Samoans were …Read more ››
We’re looking a little different these days in the village part of One Samoana… AND, we’re blogging up a storm!
When you’ve got a moment, grab a cuppa something nice, get comfortable and come catch up on some excellent Native blogs.
From American Samoa-based educator, Dacia:
Bi-racial Samoans Professor Pedophile IA E AVA I LOU TAMA MA LOU TINA INA IA FAALELEVA AI O’U ASO The Double Standard
From 21-year-old university student Faasalafa le Alofa Diana Kitiona:
Nightmare of a High School Graduate Age, Puberty and Change Seven Minutes in Heaven …Read more ››
So this is the continuation of my report on what I have learned about the Samoan tattoo over the years, thanks largely to the class I took and an interview I conducted with the late Afioga Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale.
Part one is here: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau).
Before we get into this post, though, I just wanted to thank James (who left a comment in part 1) for pointing out something about the Samoan tattoo for men. I originally called it the pe’a, and indeed, that’s what most people call it. But this …Read more ››
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