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The Samoan Congregational Christian Church of Ft. Hood, TX held its annual A’oga Samoa in the month of July.  They are under the leadership of Rev. Menise Sasa.  This is the 19th year of their A’oga Samoa. 
The mission of the A’oga Samoa is to teach the Samoan culture and language to Samoan children who were born and raised outside of Samoa.  Every year, they choose a theme from the Samoan culture to focus on.  In years past, they’ve studied the ‘ava ceremony, Samoan games and Samoan music.  This year’s theme is traditional Samoan tattoos. 
They spent two weeks learning about the history of the pe’a, the process to get one, and some of the rules about the pe’a and malu.  A special highlight this year was when a member of the church, Phillip Langford, came and shared with the students his experience in getting his pe’a.
They concluded this year’s school with a Family Night where the students showcased some of what they learned and sang the traditional song about the legend of the tatau. 
This year’s A’oga Samoa had the highest enrollment ever, with over 60 kids that participated.  The kids and parents are already looking forward to A’oga Samoa 2014.
Below students pose for a photo with their guest speaker Asila Phillip Langford of Fagatogo. See larger version of photo rotating with other photos at bottom of home page.

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