What's in a Story? Keeping a Story Alive Without Writing

June 8, 2022 | Burke Museum

Storytelling is central to many Indigenous cultures especially within the Pacific. Join Samoan storyteller Kiana Fuega to learn how different fagogo (fables) and tala o le vavau (myths and legends) from islands like Samoa, are important to the oral traditions of passing on information from one generation to the next, and how people across Moananuiākea (the vast Pacific) kept account of their surroundings and histories without ever having a written language.

This is a recording of a live virtual event that took place on May 19, 2022.

Kiana Fuega is a Samoan educator and storyteller.  She was raised in the diaspora with roots in the villages of Olosega, Manu'a and Leone in Amerika Samoa.  Her work focuses on the use of culturally-centered approaches toward education and community engagement, including the use of oral traditions to teach parts of history.  Kiana is a fellow of the National Pacific American Leadership Institute and completed her degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington where her interests were focused on Indigenous anthropology and decolonization.