The Samoan way remains strong in Samoa after almost 200 years of outside influence from european and new world countries.
Geographically located in the heart of Polynesia, the Samoan culture continues to be a part of every day life and the people are among the last remaining traditional Polynesians. While industrialization and modern technology are not only incorporated but embraced as an integral part of todayâ€™s society, ethnic Samoan culture known as faâ€™asamoa (the Samoan way) remains robust and continues to be the driving force behind the religious, cultural and social lifestyles of the people. The majority of American Samoans are bilingual, speaking both English and Samoan.
The interwoven threads of family, church, village and respect are tightly sewn into the fabric of the Samoan culture, which has survived for 3,000 years. The introduction of Christianity had a profound impact on Samoan culture and people, who remain deeply religious to this day. The colorful variety of hand-woven baskets, fans and mats, skillful wood carvings and the fine art of siapo (tapa cloth) are positive indicators that the Samoan culture remains strong and vibrant.
However, it is the lavish fiafia performances, which include traditional siva dances to the synchronized rhythm of drums, vocals, and musical instruments, followed by the energetic fire-knife dances that often generate the most delightful and intoxicating form of cultural entertainment, leaving the spectator with a profound sense of awe and taste of Polynesia at its finest.