This past friday (11/4/2016) was the closing for the Nuʻuuli Methodist project. As mentioned in their opening not too long ago, Amerika Samoa Humanities Council offered a grant award of $5,000 to Nu’uuli Methodist Church to support their project entitled “History of Yesterday, Enriches the Youth of Tomorrow.” Objective of their project is to teach about the history of their village, notably a historic figure from Nuʻuuli village, a warrior known by the name of Mageafaiga and his flaming fire (afimutasi). Other aspects of the project, it will be in workshop format, and scheduled events such as the Ava Ceremony, Samoan Handicrafts, and History will be held there.
The closing ceremony began at around 4:30pm with the “Ava o Fealoaiga”, this is where the host welcomed the visitors with a ʻAva ceremony at a high chief’s faletalimalo or fale to welcome guests. The ceremony was carried out by the village youth and church members. After the completion of the ceremony, guests were invited to the Church Hall where the legend of Mageafaiga was re-enacted in a dramatic play. Guests were provided dinner and a lavish entertainment. The play was recorded on video and will be released for record after editing. More information to be added soon. Please click link to see photos of the project.