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In the traditional setting, the custodians of knowledge were normally of tulafale or orator status. The Samoan term for someone who was selected to be a recipient of knowledge was often referred to as o e nainai, he or they who are specially selected for the transfer of knowledge.
The knowledge of tulafale is sacred as is the transfer of this knowledge to the nainai. Generally speaking, tulafalewere all schooled in genealogical history and in the meanings of mythology, rituals, chants, songs, dances and so on. Senior tulafale are known as tuua. When tuua transfer their knowledge to a nainai the transfer is considered to have depth. For more information see Samoan Vital Records.
American Samoa Government
Registrar of Vital Records Office
Pago Pago, AS 96799
High Court of American Samoa
Tutuila, AS 9679
Make money order payable to ASG Treasurer. Personal checks are not accepted. Verification of identity (i.e. driver's license or passport) is required before record will be sent. Orders can be made through Vitalchek.
For birth and death records dating from 1900, marriages and divorces contact Vital Records for American Samoa.
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