Does Anyone Have Information On Any Of These Dances??

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Sep 6, 2012
 
'Ailao
Ao Siva
Aosoa
Aoula
Fiti - Came from Fiji as the name suggests but thats all I know.
Mamau
Ma'omalie
Panauvila
Poula
Sa'e
Sao
Sate
Sivaa'ofe
Soa
Solilemogamogo
Solisiva
Sosoa
Tafua Le Fala
Talalo
Tauatane
Ula
Ulo
Vila

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Sep 6, 2012
 
These dances above were described as OBSOLETE dances - rarely performed nowadays. I've tried searching for how they were performed and asked relatives but no luck. So anyone on here who has details can share what they know thanks.
tamasamoamoni

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Sep 6, 2012
 
InCrEaSe_ThE_PeAcE wrote:
These dances above were described as OBSOLETE dances - rarely performed nowadays. I've tried searching for how they were performed and asked relatives but no luck. So anyone on here who has details can share what they know thanks.
I remember my teacher saying that the MA'OMALIE was a dance of happiness, or done when people are happy. I never saw the dance and don't know how its done, but I wish I knew more. The alagaupu or samoan proverb,"SA'A I MA'O MALIE" come from this dance and alot of people say it wrong. They say, "sa'a i va'a omalie", or "se'e i ma'a omalie".

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Sep 6, 2012
 
tamasamoamoni wrote:
<quoted text>I remember my teacher saying that the MA'OMALIE was a dance of happiness, or done when people are happy. I never saw the dance and don't know how its done, but I wish I knew more. The alagaupu or samoan proverb,"SA'A I MA'O MALIE" come from this dance and alot of people say it wrong. They say, "sa'a i va'a omalie", or "se'e i ma'a omalie".
Thank you for the info.

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Sep 6, 2012
 
Theres a book that mentions abit of info on the Fiti, Talalo, Vila, Sa'e, Soa dances & a few of the others you mentioned um i think its called The Samoa Islands or something like that.

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Sep 7, 2012
 
Po ula was a courtship dance for the young adults to hook .

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Sep 7, 2012
 
tamasamoamoni wrote:
<quoted text>I remember my teacher saying that the MA'OMALIE was a dance of happiness, or done when people are happy. I never saw the dance and don't know how its done, but I wish I knew more. The alagaupu or samoan proverb,"SA'A I MA'O MALIE" come from this dance and alot of people say it wrong. They say, "sa'a i va'a omalie", or "se'e i ma'a omalie".
Ma'omalie derives from Mako Malie OR Happy Mako... Mako just means to dance in Tongan, Uvea Mo Futuna, and a few other Polynesian outlier countries...

Happy dance.

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Sep 7, 2012
 
Poly KING wrote:
<quoted text>Ma'omalie derives from Mako Malie OR Happy Mako... Mako just means to dance in Tongan, Uvea Mo Futuna, and a few other Polynesian outlier countries...
Happy dance.
So the Ma'omalie is the same as the Mako? If it is, that would mean we must of got it from Futuna like how we got the 'Ailao and Sate.
Thanks for the info.

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Sep 7, 2012
 
NESIAN wrote:
Theres a book that mentions abit of info on the Fiti, Talalo, Vila, Sa'e, Soa dances & a few of the others you mentioned um i think its called The Samoa Islands or something like that.
Yeah I've seen the book but it doesn't actually describe how they were performed. Hopefully some elders back in the islands still remember.

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Sep 7, 2012
 
InCrEaSe_ThE_PeAcE wrote:
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So the Ma'omalie is the same as the Mako? If it is, that would mean we must of got it from Futuna like how we got the 'Ailao and Sate.
Thanks for the info.
I would think so... that was a gues by me, but wouldn't it make sense "Ma'omalie" ?? when all once had that common language and were more similar in culture then ever??

As Ailao and Sake is in Samoan language... It's Kailao and Soke in Tongan language which we all know came from Uvea and Futuna as well...

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Sep 7, 2012
 
Poly KING wrote:
<quoted text>I would think so... that was a gues by me, but wouldn't it make sense "Ma'omalie" ?? when all once had that common language and were more similar in culture then ever??
As Ailao and Sake is in Samoan language... It's Kailao and Soke in Tongan language which we all know came from Uvea and Futuna as well...
Yeah it makes sense. Too bad I can't find pictures or videos of the dance to be sure.

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Sep 8, 2012
 
InCrEaSe_ThE_PeAcE wrote:
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Yeah it makes sense. Too bad I can't find pictures or videos of the dance to be sure.
don't you Samoans have some kind of archives or even in the Samoan National Library/Archives that have preserved such important part of Samoan culture? Why haven't anyone in Samoa tried to revive it? I'm sure it's in the files somewhere in your Samoan historian storages...

Your list seems interesting... and I know, you prolly ain't gonna go through all that (mentioned above)... but wouldn't it be cool, if they revived those ancient Samoan dances/chants?!?!?!

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Sep 8, 2012
 
Poly KING wrote:
<quoted text>don't you Samoans have some kind of archives or even in the Samoan National Library/Archives that have preserved such important part of Samoan culture? Why haven't anyone in Samoa tried to revive it? I'm sure it's in the files somewhere in your Samoan historian storages...
Your list seems interesting... and I know, you prolly ain't gonna go through all that (mentioned above)... but wouldn't it be cool, if they revived those ancient Samoan dances/chants?!?!?!
Yeah probably. But I don't have access to those archives at the moment. I will ask my grandpa who is a high chief when I see him. He should know something.

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Sep 8, 2012
 
If you look at the dances of Samoa today and other islands you'll immediately notice similarities. Most people already know about this. But the more you learn about old dances like these the more you'll notice that the similarities are much deeper than they appear.
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Sep 8, 2012
 

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InCrEaSe_ThE_PeAcE wrote:
If you look at the dances of Samoa today and other islands you'll immediately notice similarities. Most people already know about this. But the more you learn about old dances like these the more you'll notice that the similarities are much deeper than they appear.
i know a dance its called zulu dance we come to pokie people with and dance around the pot of fire saying dinner is ready ahahaha

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Sep 9, 2012
 
^^^ Sorry I don't find Monkey humour that funny :)

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