Complete change of subject here. Some of you already know that my husband and I will be going to Samoa later this year to attend the Tribal Chieftain Induction Ceremony of one of his coworkers. I’ve already found informative resources on line, especially about what to expect during the ceremony. But if any of you have travelled to Samoa or you are of Samoan descent, I’d love any advice you have, especially stuff they don’t tell you about in travel books or internet resources.
corroded metal, dark patina, two parted, elaborate open-worked blade, a wooden handle covered with gold foil underneath, carved with two knobs with short appendages, dam., missing part (left blade tip); together with stools, swords are the most important Akan regalia. Politically, its most important function is the instoolment of a chief, sub-chiefs hold other swords when swearing allegiance to a new chief. Others are used in religious purification rituals for a chief’s soul. Swords are also common as shrine and stool room furniture, protecting the shrines and deriving their power from the gods.
Dec. 1943: American Navajo Indians from Southwest United States, members of the 158th U.S. Infantry, are seen on a beach in the Solomon Islands. They are in their traditional dress for a tribal ceremony at Christmas time. From left to right are, Pfc. Dale Winney, Gallup, N.M; Pvt. Perry Toney, Holbrook, Ariz.; Pfc. Joe Gishi, Holbrook; and Pfc. Joe Taraha, Gallup. (AP Photo/U.S. Army Signal Corps)