Category: Samoan Culture

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Matai – The Path to Becoming a Samoan Chief [Part 1]

A while ago I wrote an introduction to the concept of Matai, Samoa’s complicated system of chiefs… …mostly because there’s a lot of confusion these days, especially amongst us who were not raised in “fully Fa’asamoa” families, about the role of the Samoan chief. Some people hear you’re a ‘chief’ and assume you’re the leader […]

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A Traditional Samoan Wedding… with a Tangent about Making Babies [+ Video]

I should really put the word “traditional” in quotation marks, because what is traditional anymore? I’ve heard some stories about weddings back in the ancient, less Christian days of Samoa. Don’t quote me on this stuff, cause I can’t remember who told me these tales, but apparently… True(ish?) Story Time In the old days, a […]

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Samoan Tradition: Ifoga

It’s a fact of life: humans are attracted to drama… which makes me – and apparently, Samoans in general – oh so very human. I don’t remember when I first heard about the Samoan tradition of ‘ifoga’, but I do remember thinking wow. How tragically beautiful.. how poignantly dramatic. Ifoga is a grand, theatrical, mother […]

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Do I have to be Samoan to get a Samoan tattoo?

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. Here’s the whole series: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo – Part 2 […]

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