Steve Bailes and his wife, Terry, both Hampshire
County educators, are spending a year out of the
country teaching as well as learning. Steve will keep
us updated on their experiences on this site. Join us
in the experience of teaching abroad.
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and happy anniversary American
Samoa. April 17 is the Centennial
Celebration of the raising of the
American flag in American Samoa.
5000 people are to take part in a
parade at the Tafuna Stadium, and
10,000 are to parade in
have been practicing for months.
The villages have been decorating
and beautifying. They have been
wrapping utility poles with
coconut fronds and placing fresh
cut ginger flowers in the
have been held on the malae
(common grassy area in the center
of the village) daily. It would
appear the whole village has
turned out to dance and sing.
Even the practices are an
incredible sight (and
have been performed during the
week until almost midnight. They
are broadcast on KVZK TV if you
didn't have any appropriate
photos this week. Bern and Nancy
Cassidy shared these beautiful
photos to give you an idea of
what you might see if you were
here for the Flag Day
official launching of the new
fautasi (long boat) in
preparation for the Flag Day
race. The palagi in the
foreground is Nancy Cassidy,
half of the team that took
these great photos.
girls doing siva (dance) in
with ulas (leis in
Harbor from Sadie's
Restaurant. Sadie's was a
hotel where Somerset Maugham
(Of Human Bondage, Rain),
wrote some of his greatest
books. Sadie, a former
proprietor, was the "heroine"
of the novel, Rain.