Satuiatua in Samoa (general) (region) with it's 304 residents is a town located in Samoa - about 59 mi (or 95 km) West of Apia, the country's capital place.
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1# Traditional Tongan and Samoan Dance
From the www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Islands of the South Pacific". Stock footage available from http Transcript: The influence of the missionaries nearly destroyed the beautiful traditions of music and dance in the islands, but this has begun to change, and a strong effort to recover and reconstruct these aesthetic and uplifting cultural elements is well under way. The cultural development of Tonga and nearby Samoa took place during the same migration period, and their histories are interwoven. In fact, a Tongan creation myth tells of the God hero Maui who pulled Tonga out of the sea with a big fish hook he got from the Samoans.
2# Western Samoa
From the www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Islands of the South Pacific". Stock footage available from http Transcript: The Samoan islands are geologically young and barrier reefs have not yet fully enclosed them. In places, the surf still washes the black volcanic rock. The town of Apia, on the island of Upolu, is the capital and only true city in Western Samoa. Colonial buildings are strung like pearls along the wharf's Beach Road. The streets are always busy and there is a perpetual wave of colorful buses ready for the cruise in and around town. The market is the heart of Apia, and with the bus station next door, there is a constant flux of activity. Families often share the duty of holding their space here at the market which may require spending the night to insure having a spot for the next mornings flood of buyers. Children are expected to share in the family duties and usually do so with willing hands.. These mountains above Apia were chosen by Robert Louis Stevenson, whose books are known the world over, as a home to spend his final years. He and his wife Fanny are both buried nearby. Stevenson was beloved by the natives and respected by them as a great "Tusitala" or story teller. Like most people who visit Western Samoa, Stevenson was charmed both by the natural beauty of the land and the warmhearted people who are the real joy of Samoa.
3# Samoan Jungle, Waterfalls and Tropic Birds
From the www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Islands of the South Pacific". Stock footage available from http Transcript: The abundant rainfall not only keeps the island verdant but re-emerges through the porous volcanic soil in countless fresh water springs. In the interior of the island dramatic rivers cut paths through eden-like greenery and water cascades from mist cloaked spires to valleys far below. Here the graceful tropic bird soars effortlessly. can have wing spans of over 1 meter and spend most of their time in the air, circling high above the tree tops.
4# Samoan Family Life, Culture and Homes
From the www.VideoSource.com Global Village Travel Guide and DVD, "Islands of the South Pacific". Stock footage available from http Transcript: In other areas of the jungle, the giant Aua tree raises its head above the neighboring growth. It grows and extends its territory by dropping aerial roots from above. The Aua might well be a metaphor for the Samoan family which is usually a large extended family with many roots. Most villages are home to 2 or 3 hundred people who may actually belong to no more than a few families. In such a small community there is little room for disharmony. Individuality and private ownership are scorned. Sharing is the principal here -- work, duties, possessions -- even children are shared. The Samoan system, with its Matai's, or chiefs handling the distribution of goods, has served the people well and continues to do so even in the modern world. This lack of the notion of private ownership leads to a community with little personal privacy. These open-walled, oblong structures are typical of Samoan homes and community buildings, and are perfectly suited to the climate of the tropics. Houses or "fales" are often built on the stone bases of ancestors' homes. Shades, made of plaited palm frond, are let down only when the wind or rain blow too hard. Larger and more open, the community fale is the center of every village. Both men and women have their own fales. Here decisions about the community are made and social activities find a place as well.
5# The second part of Attitude in Samoa - Part 1
Our second part of Attitude in Samoa - Samoa is known as a warm and friendly nation. Yet this tiny country faces many challenges in trying to support its disabled people...overcoming centuries of judgement and ignorance. Please watch part 2 and 3 for the full story. Also watch the first half of Attitude in Samoa.
7# Alofaaga Blowholes (AKA Taga Blowholes) (June 13, 2011)
Visit mandarinmanmarktravelbriefs.blogspot.com for the stories behind the videos. The eruptions were surprisingly difficult to catch in a photo, but a video fared a bit better.
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