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ASCC Fine Arts Department to Host Tatau Forum

The Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) invites the public to join them for its Tatau Forum which will take place on Thursday, October 27th, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the College’s Lecture Hall. A combination of academics and community practitioners will discuss and demonstrate the many aspects of Samoa’s indigenous art form of the tatau (tattooing). This free event has been organized in collaboration with the 12th annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival, which begins that weekend.


Fine Arts Department Sponsors Film Showcase

Students and members of the public enjoyed two recent examples of regional filmmaking at its finest when the American Samoa segment of the “Deep Waters” Pacific Film Showcase took place on Thursday, October 13th, in the ASCC Lecture Hall. This free event, sponsored by the Fine Arts Department, featured two documentaries, “Sons of Halawa,” which looks at the challenges of carrying on cultural traditions in Molokai’s Halawa Valley, and “The Roots of ‘Ulu,” which traces the ‘ulu (breadfruit) from its arrival in Hawaii with the first Polynesian settlers to its present day uses for food sustainability and cultural preservation.


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