The Samoan people have lived off the land for hundreds of years, primarily as hunters,
gatherers, farmers, and fishers. This lifestyle remains somewhat true even today
as the people are at least partially reliant on the land and seas. However, more
important to the people in the past and today are community and family as many people
live in rural areas where most people know each other.
Although many aspects of the traditional culture and way of life survive, many other
aspects have changed. The Germans and other foreign power set up farms as the lands
became a sourcing point for many goods. These foreigners also opened the door for
missionaries, who converted most of the Samoan people to Christianity, which changed
their culture and dress. Sadly, these powers also divided the people as local leaders
worked with varying foreign powers, leading to wars.
Although the wars have ended, today the Samoan people have a different political
system as Samoa is independent, but American Samoa is a dependence of the United
States. None-the-less, the people of both these island chains, as well as Samoan
immigrants, share a past as cultures and traditions remain alive. However, modern
technology and changes have vastly altered the people's lifestyle and daily