Le Api | The Notebook

A collection of thoughts and stories – mostly from a Hamo Geek Girl – exploring the language and culture of Samoan people.

A proverb about being late

A proverb about being late

I've been hanging out with my uncle lately. He's a pretty intense kinda guy. He's loud, laughs like thunderclaps - or sometimes suffocation - and he tells those long, drawn out jokes with such conviction the anticipation kills you... and then the punchline is hit or...

The two Samoan languages

The two Samoan languages

While I was slowly picking up Samoan from my family and friends, I'd hear references to another, mysterious, 'higher' version of the language. 'It's different from our everyday Samoan,' ...they would say. 'It's the language that matais and ministers use'. And I would...

Samoan Etiquette: Mind your body parts!

Samoan Etiquette: Mind your body parts!

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...

The many uses of the Samoan ili

Samoans call this the ili, or fan. This hand-held version is Polynesia's personal cooling system, except in the often relentless heat of Samoa, I've noticed it's not the most effective tool for the job. It's just as well they make these ili so pretty then or I...

For love of le siva Samoa

I know it’s been a looooong minute since I’ve posted anything here – I’ve got a full explanation for that, coming up soon (JJW lol) but my friend just sent me this clip to check out and I fell in love all over again with the Samoan siva.

Village One Samoana

Were you once a One Samoana ‘Native’? If you were a member of the One Samoana social network (which ran from 2008 – 2012), then a you may recognize some of these Native-written blogs from a heartbeat and a lifetime ago.

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