Culture of American Samoa

The culture in American Samoa is almost the same as in Western Samoa (Upolu). The U.S. sovereignty distinguishes the civilization of American Samoa from the sovereign 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. The traditional living quarters, or fales (houses), contain no walls and up to 20 people may sleep on the ground in the same fale.

During the day, the fale is used for chatting and relaxing. One’s family is viewed as an integral part of a person’s life. The aiga or extended family lives and works together. Elders in the family are greatly respected and hold the highest status, and this may be seen at a traditional Sunday umu (underground oven). Most people speak Samoan, although the inhabitants of Swains Island speak Tokelauan.

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