An inaugural Fautasi Symposium and exhibit will be hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and American Samoa Historic Preservation Office this year.

The Fautasi Symposium will be held at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center on April 10-12, 2019, which includes an opening ceremony, lectures and discussion panels with fautasi team captains and community stakeholders and guided tours of the exhibit, free to the public.

The purpose of the Fautasi Symposium and exhibit is to highlight the significance of fautasi in the maritime cultural landscape in American Samoa. The emergence of fautasi in the late 19th century represents a period of intense change in Samoan society, the dynamic shift from the traditional watercraft to the proscribed communications of an annexed territory.

The past history of fautasi, though, is only one part of its cultural importance.  Fautasi racing is a living Samoan tradition, not something fixed and static. This tradition extends deeply into island and village life.

The symposium provides an opportunity to share local experience and stories central to the importance of fautasi. It provides a place for the discussion of critical issues, such as how this unique cultural tradition can thrive and sustain itself into the future.

In celebration of this important maritime cultural landscape, a new exhibit will be launched and available for viewing and guided tours at the Tauese P.F Sunia Ocean Center. For more information contact nerelle.que@noaa.govor call 633-6500.

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