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Celebrating Polynesian culture on Saipan

POLYNESIAN ethnic groups from Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa participated in the recently held International Festival of Cultures on Saipan. The groups called themselves “South Pacific Polynesians.”

Polynesian culture advocate Veisinia Peteru said  she was proud to represent her Tongan culture, adding that the festival was a beautiful event.

Children showcase Samoan, Fijian and Tongan traditional attires.Children showcase Samoan, Fijian and Tongan traditional attires.

She said it was also a joy to witness the other ethnic groups that represented their cultures.

“I love to participate in anything that will showcase my country,” she added. “Tongan culture is what makes me who I am.”

Her group showcased various traditional and contemporary South Pacific fashion wear, including traditional jewelry.

Members of the Tongan, Samoan and Fijian communities at the recently held Marianas Visitors Authority’s 4th Annual International Festival of Cultures at the Paseo de Marianas in Garapan.  Photos courtesy of Veisinia PeteruMembers of the Tongan, Samoan and Fijian communities at the recently held Marianas Visitors Authority’s 4th Annual International Festival of Cultures at the Paseo de Marianas in Garapan. Photos courtesy of Veisinia Peteru

Peteru said “teaching our culture to our children is also passing on something close to your heart to the future generation and on to the next.”

She also believes that the annual festival of cultures encourages the various ethnic groups on Saipan to connect and help enrich the island’s diverse community.