Tuesday, November 22, 2011

American Samoa Interpretive Panels

I just posted some jpgs of interpretive panels I'm creating on my Facebook page. Go to http://www.facebook.com/ericafielderstudio to see the latest postings. These panels are being produced for American Samoa in the South Pacific. While doing research for the educational panels, I discovered that the Samoan Islands are among the least westernized of of Polynesian islands. 

Since the Samoan language and culture are mostly intact, our panels display both Samoan and English text. Although I have no idea how to pronounce the words properly, the spelling and the way they sound with my pronunciation, reminds me of the sound of ocean waves. This makes me wonder if languages formed in distinct habitats, like islands or jungleshttp://www.facebook.com/ericafielderstudio, somehow reflect the sounds of those habitats and the critters that live in them. Does anyone know? If so, I'd like to hear from you.