Today was the best day ever (at lease since I got here). This morning we had a conversation about America Samoa and it's relationship to the rest of the world. We also discussed whether or not this qualifies as a developing nation or not. This might be boring to some, but considering I majored in International Studies, this discussion was right up my alley. After our discussion we went to the only museum on the island. IT WAS SO COOL. Here are some pictures of the eclectic place.
|This American Samoa flag was taken to the moon and back on Apollo 11.|
|Traditional Samoan Tattoos|
|Traditional Samoan dress|
|This is a High Chief dressed in his ceremonial outfit. There are still high chiefs today that wear this during ceremonies and celebrations.|
After the museum, we went out to a fale (house with no walls) and met with some women who taught us how to weave. This was another great part. Today, I made myself a bracelet from bandana (pronounced baahn-dahna) leaves. It was so amazing to watch these women with such skill weave amazing bracelets, baskets, mats, and everything else. While I was weaving, I remember thinking, "this is something I am going to remember for the rest of my life." I'm sitting here with women who barely speak my language and I barely speak theirs, yet we were communicating through art and emotion. Pretty powerful stuff. It's moments like this that make me realize how much I love traveling and even more so, how much I like learning. I hope that feeling never goes away.
|Weaving process. You start with really long leaves. It took me about 45 minutes to do the whole thing.|
Those are the only updates I have. I've officially started the law school process with MSU's application 'in progress.' Sending love from across the world. Until next time. Alofa.