famalaoan / Ineyak / kuttura

How to be __________

“It is of great importance to the survival of our culture to be one of inclusivity, not exclusiveness. We gain nothing by narrowly defining the scopes of Samoan-ness to old ways of thinking: where a person is born, who their parents are, and how they were raised. To be a mighty people we must embrace each other in all our differences. Those who have knowledge of the Samoan way must teach and those who are seeking knowledge must be brave enough to ask for help and humble enough to continue learning. That is how we keep our candle burning bright, that is how we evolve, and that is how we will be a strong and prideful culture for generations to come. Embrace each other, make room for each other, hold space for each other.”

Lydia N. Schmidt


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