FEAGAIGA O ALI’I / Samoan Music & Dance
Friday, May 17th
6:45 – 7:30 PM
Feagaiga O Ali’i (also known as FOA), under the direction of Wilma Moea’i, started in spring of 2009 by her Brother, in Memory of Our Mom, the late Nora [Feagaiga] Moea’i-Latu. It was formed and organized to teach, perpetuate, and share the Samoan Culture, Language and Identity through the art of Siva[See-Vah] & Pese[Pëh-Sëh] Samoa (Samoan Songs/Dancing). They have about 12 – 15 members in FOA and are currently located in Taylorsville, UT.
In the Samoan culture, and specifically its moral ethos, feagaiga is used mainly in two contexts:
- In a village and church minister relationship.
- In a brother and sister relationship
In the first one, the villagers refer to their pastor as a feagaiga – or faafeagaiga. The villagers are obligated to serve and protect the pastor and his family.
In the second one, the brother calls his sister a feagaiga within a defined respectful and honorable protector and guardian relationship. The feagaiga is governed by a specific code and etiquette.
The two relationships are sacred at the core.
feagaiga gives rise to the expression: “O le tuafafine o le mea uliuli i le mata o le tuagane.” (“The sister is the pupil in her brother’s eye”). Consider the sensitive and the vulnerable nature of the pupil which is protected and covered immediately when in danger of any external intrusion.