” O le Tagata o Ananafi ma le Aso e Faatamaoaiga le Tagata o a Taeao”
“The Individuals of Yesterday and Today Enriches the Individuals of Tomorrow”

Our mission is to support community projects which foster the individual’s understanding and appreciation of the humanities.The Amerika Samoa Humanities Council has served the American Samoa community for almost two decades. On this site, we hope to give you a bit of history, and some understanding of the different programs that we offer. Enjoy your visit and please feel free to contact us if you’re interested in more information. After all, the humanities will always bring us closer to the world of ideas.

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Assessment Team Welcomed With An ʻAva Ceremony

Three representatives of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) arrived Monday night to visit the Territory to work alongside with the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council on ways to expand and to improve Humanities programs in American Samoa. Their visit would complete the process of developing ASHC’s plan for the next five years. Several members of non-profit organizations in the community and individuals will be spending time this week to talk with the team on their experience in working with the local Humanities Council.

Council President HC Fai’ivae I. A. Godinet and Board Members welcomed our guests with an official Ava Ceremony that was held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Fale Samoa, Malae o Suigaula in Utulei. The Honorable Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and some Department Directors also joined the President and Board Members in welcoming Mrs. Kathleen Mitchell, Mrs. Pam Snow, and HC Fepulea’i John Mayer. The team will be returning on Friday, July 25.

The Vailoa CCCAS Youth conducted the Ava Ceremony and gracefully performed traditional songs and dances. The event concluded with the presentation of sua and souvenirs to our off-island guests and local dignitaries. President Fai’ivae and Board Members are very humbled with the continued support and patronage from our government leaders and our community for the last 20 years.

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Mrs. Mauga will host a dinner on Thursday night at their government residence on behalf of our off-island dignitaries and members of the Humanities Council.
As we were celebrating this memorable occasion in American Samoa, we were also remembering the confirmation of Mr. William “Bro” Adams in the U.S. Senate for the post of the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Congratulations to Chairman “Bro”.

We also had the privilege and the honor to celebrate the birthday of a very dear friend through the Humanities – Mr. Dennis Mitchell on the same day. Happy Birthday Dennis!!
The Amerika Samoa Humanities Council is the proud local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


History Day 2014

This year’s History Day was bigger than the preceding years with over 500 students Island-wide partaking in the different categories. Scroll below for a look at pictures from the Award Ceremony.



Public Meeting 5/15

One of the Humanities goals is to gain an understanding of the diverse community existing within the Territory. It was with this hope that the Public Meeting can aid in providing input from the local community. This is in order to not only help with Humanities program development but to inform the local community of programs provided by the Humanities Council. The local community representatives were invited (about 60 attended) to a series of presentation given by the local Humanities office Executive Directior HTC Tauaisafune Niualama Taifane. Below are what was presented and also some photos of Public Meeting.

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History Day Workshop during Teacher Orientation Week

The NHD Theme for SY 2014 is “Rights And Responsibilities in History”. Come and join your colleagues and the presenters to learn more about this year’s competition and how you can plan your own history day program in your school. We will offer two workshops for the Elementary Division and one for the High School Division. Please see the schedule below. This would be an excellent workshop for new teachers in the field of History Education, and for continuing teachers who would like to start a history day program for their school.


Elementary Teachers

  • When -       August 6 & 7, 2013
  • Time -         12:05 – 1:30p.m.
  • Where -      Tafuna Elementary School
  • Instructor -     Niualama E. Taifane

High School Teachers

  • When -       August 8, 2013
  • Time -        8:30 – 9:25AM  &  9:35 – 11:00AM
  • Where -      Samoana  High School
  • Instructor -     Niualama E.Taifane
To read more on the 2014 Program Theme go to www.nhd.org



American Samoa Team at Nationals!


A Big Fa’amalo to all our participants at the National History Day!