• Fa'asamoa

    National Park of American Samoa

    American Samoa

History & Culture

Young Samoan ladies perform
Samoan villagers perform their traditional dance.
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The Samoan culture is Polynesia's oldest. We believe the first people of the Samoan Islands came by sea from southwest Asia some 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, distinct cultural traits emerged that we now call fa'asamoa (fah-ah-SAH-mo-ah). From Samoa seafaring explorers and settlers journeyed to other Polynesian island groups hundreds of miles away.

Did You Know?

Samoan fruit bats hanging at rest

The are two fruit bat species in American Samoa--the only native mammals. They are important pollinators and seed distributors in the tropical rainforests.