Samoan children relax after church
Samoan children relax after church

Our People

Samoans are warm, welcoming and proud of their rich and colourful traditions that date back more than 3,000 years.

Modern Samoa still practises and celebrates many of those traditions as part of daily life, through beautiful dance, ancient cooking methods, and arts and crafts.

Most Samoans are of Polynesian descent, but there is also a strong Chinese-Samoan community in Apia, whose ancestors arrived as plantation workers in the late 19th Century.

Samoan society is structured according to Fa’a Samoa - the Samoan way - which is based around the matai (chiefs), aiga (extended family) and the Christian church. Most Samoans live in tight-knit villages, where resident aiga hold customary land rights.

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