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Jackie Fa’asisila

Samoans are strong, proud and noble

Rooted firmly in tradition

Defined by a culture and its values

That flows like blood through 

The veins of generations

Guarding collective heritage

And cultural memory


Culture is a glue that holds community together

Safeguards language and thought

Maintains ways of life and attitudes

That shape the world and those who are in it


Culture provides a framework 

On which to hang

A way of life and thought

That nourishes the spirit

And feeds the imagination


Yet culture forever grows and changes

Like a tree whose roots continue to spread

Whose branches reach out to shelter

And nourish young and old alike 

Defining each of them in turn

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