Massacre Bay – American Samoa

On Martin Luther King Jr.’s observed birthday and a nice very hot Monday off from work, a group of us hiked down to Massacre Bay from the village of Aasu.  The village used to be at the bay, but then the people all moved up to the top of the valley.  It was empty for many years, but foundations from the village remain.  Currently one couple lives in the bay.  It is part of Samoan land ownership rights that the area must be lived in continuously for certain number of years in order for it to stay in your family.  If left uninhabited for a certain amount of time (maybe 20 years or so), other families can move in and claim it.  That is the jist, I’m sure I am not exactly correct.                 (*click on any picture for a slide show!*)

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