People of American Samoa
The great majority of the population (nearly nine-tenths) is ethnically Samoan; there are tiny minorities of Tongan and Filipino origin and of people of mixed ethnicity. The Samoans are a Polynesian people closely related to the native peoples of New Zealand,French Polynesia, Hawaii, and Tonga. The Samoan way of life, or fa‘a Samoa, is communal. The basic unit of social organization is the extended family (aiga). Even after decades of foreign influence, most Samoans are fluent in the Samoan language. Most American Samoans nonetheless also speak English. Some two-fifths of the population belongs to one of several Protestant denominations, among which the Congregational Christian Church has the largest following, and slightly less than one-fifth is Mormon. About another one-seventh of the population is Roman Catholic.
SAMOAN CULTURE & CUSTOMS
Fa’a Samoa customs and culture are over 3000 years old and have changed very little over this period. The most major western influence accepted into Samoan customs has been Christianity which forms the spiritual basis of our society.
Our culture and customs are based around the mutual respect given to our elders, the church, visitors, and the extended family.
Matai or chiefs make up the heads of the extended family units and each person has their duties to play in the well being of the family and its members and come together when ever needed.