• Traditional dances are an important Samoan tradition.

    National Park of American Samoa

    American Samoa

History of the NPS Arrowhead


The arrowhead was authorized as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of the Interior on July 20, 1951.

  • The elements of the emblem symbolize the major facets of the national park system. The Sequoia tree and bison represent vegetation and wildlife, the mountains and water represent scenic and recreational values, and the arrowhead represents historical and archeological values.
  • The arrowhead was probably first used on an informational folder for Oregon Caves National Monument published in April 1952.
  • It soon gained recognition as the Service symbol and became widely used on signs and publications.
  • To forestall unseemly commercial uses of the arrowhead design, an official notice, approved March 7, 1962, was published in the Federal register of March 15, 1962 (27 CFR 2486), designating it as the official symbol of the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

Rainy and cloudy conditions in American Samoa.

The climate in American Samoa is hot and humid with rain year-round. High temperatures are 82-86 degrees F / 28-30 degrees C with between 90 and 300 inches (2,286 mm and 7,620 mm) of rain per year.