Our Samoan etiquette series is for people who are new to our culture or just want to brush up on the kind of behavior expected from ‘good’ Samoans. It’s especially helpful if you want to make a good impression on Samoan elders, perhaps the parents of your (hope to be) significant other? I wrote a … Continue reading Tulou – the magic word in Samoan etiquette
My grandfather was a diligent note-keeper. He was a faiava, which means he lived with my grandmother in her village (rather than his own), and he kept several notebooks worth of hand-written records on her family’s history and titles. This grandfather was also a gifted orator. He died when I was very young, but I … Continue reading Alagaupu ma Muagagana – Samoan Proverbs and Expressions
I’m not a social scientist or an economist or a politician or a lawyer. (For those kinds of very intelligent posts, check out our friend NiuZila‘s blog.) I AM an observer, though, who asks a lot of questions… and a recent chat with my mom about her growing-up days in Samoa got me wondering a … Continue reading When did we become beggars?
I’m still working on the the final of my 3-part series about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – everything I learned from personal research and from my teacher of Samoan culture, the late Afioga Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale. The previous two parts are here: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau), and The Truth about the Samoan … Continue reading Do I have to be Samoan to get a Samoan tattoo?
These are the words of JJW in Wrydah’s discussion: Scripture This ==== * * * Oh yes I love that man of Galilee According to the song that we sing A man who was without sin but was made to be sin For the souls of men to save and to redeem Perfect yet guilty, … Continue reading Man of sorrows, made to be sin
These are the words of Wrydah, from her discussion: Scripture This ==== for thirteen years i suffered in pain and agony for thirteen years none of the doctors could help me using up all my time and money, little wealth had i now all gone to nothingness for again from the pain i cry searching … Continue reading “WHO TOUCHED ME?”
These are the words of Wrydah, from her discussion: Scripture This ==== CAIN & ABEL … “am i my brother’s keeper?” I never wanted to be like my brother, we weren’t of the same mind I harvested bountiful fruits from the earth, he was the shepherd kind I was the oldest, so he should’ve listened … Continue reading Am I my brother’s keeper?
Samoans seem to be very body-part-conscious. You might call it modest or reserved maybe, but all my training in ‘behaving so my mom, aunts and older cousins don’t give me the evils’ seemed to have a lot to do with how I positioned my body in specific situations. Now that I’m grown, I see the … Continue reading Samoan Etiquette: Mind your body parts!
When I was in high school my family moved to New Zealand so we could live close to my ageing grandmother. An added bonus was that just about all my mother’s 8 siblings (and their children, and their children’s children) lived in the same neighbourhood, and for as long as my grandmother was still with … Continue reading Samoan Etiquette: Meal Time
Samoans can be precious about our Fa’asamoa, and at the core of the Samoan way of life is our Fa’amatai, or our system of chiefs (matai). Ideally and traditionally, new chiefs are chosen by the consensus of their extended family, an honour bestowed on them after years of cultural tutelage and service. As Samoans tend … Continue reading How much did your matai title cost?