Photos of the People of Samoa

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The People of Samoa

The Samoans are Polynesians and although they share links with other Polynesian people having similar culture and language, they are unique to the Samoan islands although the majority now lives abroad, especially in the United States (mainly from American Samoa), New Zealand and Australia. They were the first to claim complete independence from colonialism and follow their own way, combining a modern government with traditional forms of governance.

Singing a hymn
Women from Apia
Family portrait
Flower girls
Fishing in the lagoon
Elderly man
Fisherman of Saipipi
Distributing fish
Eating raw fish
Teaching the keyboard
Samoan dance
Playing the guitar
Playing cards
Providing the rhythm
Weaving a mat
Friendly faces, Maleala
Weaving an 'ie toga
Elderly citizen
Group 5 class
The pastor and his wife
Preparing food
Father and son
Full Samoan tatau
Drinking Koko Samoa
Girl dancing, Fiafia
Girls and “fa'afafine”
Looking at photos
Women of Sasina
Weaving a “fine mat”
Having fun in Sasina
Father and daughter
Mother and daughter
Playing Samoan cricket
Mother and sons
Making fire
Scraping taro
Family after church
Mother and sons
Father and children
Father and sons
Making dugout canoe
Playing pool
Playing an iPad
Mother and child
Happy Samoan ladies
Children's performance

Samoans are a strong, resilient and handsome people, very hospitable and kind to visitors. When walking along their open "fale" in the villages or countryside, the visitor is very often invited to sit down, have a rest and eat and drink; "Koko Samoa" is a popular drink to be shared, although cacao was introduced in the 1800s by German planters, it is now a national drink, made of ground cacao with hot water and sugar.

The "fa'a Samoa", the traditional Samoan way, remains strong and the extended family or "aiga" gives the certainty to belong. Respect for elders is ingrained and the old people stay active in family life. Traditional tattooing has made a comeback since independence in spite of the devotion of the Samoan people with which they go to church; missionaries disapproved of this custom of course. And a get-together quite spontaneously becomes a "fia fia" where people sing and dance and genuinely be happy.