It has been a while since I last written in my blog site, nor updated much since Pintail Foundation launched. I guess this is a usual remedy after long nights and days writing. When the book finally distributed to its facilitated channels, it chimed a new feeling about relaxation and not having to worry about panicking or circulating around a due date. During that long relaxation, I spent more time in the gym, even invested more time with snapchat, and catching up with my fave NFL team games (Go STEELERS!) while acclimating back to the normal schedule..
When the first proof arrived, I was relieved, but scared more than ever. I didn’t know what to expect, then it all ceased after seeing the beautiful picture of a taupou and the beautiful ocean before her.
Exposed Photography Samoa had been helpful all along in ensuring the cover image for Pintail Foundation came out perfectly. I think I can still remember when my cover got bumped back several times based on the format and pixel adjustments between the picture and texts. In the end, it all perfectly panned out to fit well on the matte cover.
When I uploaded a picture on Facebook, I received a lot of inquiries and feedback. And as usual, more messages filled my inbox. The major question from people was, “What is the book about?”
I get that a lot from people. And usually when I receive these kinds of inquiries, I always wonder if people were really all about reading or just wanting a summary so they can choose if they would buy one or pass. Despite the many questions, people loved the excerpts.
Pintail Foundation is a continuation of the Aiga Series. As each child prepares to leave home in pursuit of opportunities, they are vividly reminded of their Samoan foundation (fa’avae)— to never forget God, family and culture. The narrative is carried through journalism perspectives by each character. It’s the second book of the Aiga Series, begun in 2015 with Lovefolds of Our Upbringing.
I love writing about the Samoan culture, and so very passionate about telling the world of the simple life our ancestors embraced around village and church functions. That inspired me to introduce the future to our past. I wrote it in hopes of reinforcing a sense of continuity for us as indigenous people in this evolving world.
My writing pays homage to the past, when life was simpler, centered around village and church functions—an era fondly remembered for its humble practices of fa’alavelave’s. Our ancestors valued culture and relationships more than wealth. Our children must not forget that ever.
Growing up in American Samoa is a blessing. I’m always thankful to be born and raised in an island isolated from the world. I used to always dream about future and goals while growing up. Like those commercials on TV, but it never dawned on me – until I left home that I was brought up in a very fortunate and well-preserved country in the South Pacific with so much history between the most prominent topics: colonialism, navigation, demigods, Christianity, culture, family foundations, legends, myths, plights and significant subjects within the Samoan islands. Those topics primarily kept me going. They truly helped me to apply adventures and observations of the Samoan upbringing, where the 120,000+ Samoans in the United States even others all around the world can vividly read about the real Samoan life, and the milestones a Samoan child takes from American Samoa to seek what everyone refers to as the “American Dream.”
Wherever Samoans may pursue endeavors in this world, they will always remember the tides and aura of their beginning. From cities, skyscrapers and many countries afar, home remains unforgotten to Samoan. In the Pasifika circle and over yonder, there’s a Samoan proverb that the Samoan people are well-versed in that goes, “E lele le toloa ae ma’au I le vai.” No matter where a gray duck flies, it will always return to its wetlands. Home.