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Miss American Samoa Lorisa Matautia performs for the crowd at the 2009 South Pacific Pageant in Suva.

Miss American Samoa Lorisa Matautia delivered a powerful performance during the Pacific Pageant talent night where she depicted the tragedy that hit her home country on September 29.

Matautia performed a dramatic tale titled Echoes of Footsteps where she dramatised and the devastation of the tsunami that hit American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa.

In am emotional enactment where she recited a poem of the tragic seconds that defined the moment of her life, Matautia recalled how the sudden two waves crashed and left pieces of what she called home. She went on to add the waves of September 29 may have destroyed her home but the people of American Samoa stood strong in their faith to rebuild the lives they lost.

ďI dedicate my performance to my family and friends who perished in the tsunami of September 29, not only in American Samoa but also to my neighbours, Tonga and Samoa,Ē she said in the ending of her talent.

In other talent displays by the 12 queens, Miss Cook Islands Engara Melanie Amanda Gosselin acted, sang and danced to the tale of the Colours of The Wind.

Miss Niue, Carthy Lavini performed a Niuen expression translated In Praise of the Splendour. She wore a beautiful costume of white and blue that symbolised her peopleís ling to the Pacific Ocean in blue and the white symbolising the journey of her ancestors. In her talent, she also sneaked in a Michael Jackson tribute of his infamous song, Thriller.

Miss Fiji, Mere Nailatikau performed a modern Fijian traditional dance, a meke which she called Preserving the Environment the Pacific Way. Her message was for the Pacific to work together and preserve the environment.

French Polynesia queen, Aruhoia Biret performed a dance titled, Dancing Through the Archipelagos.

Miss Tuvalu, Akelita Pasega performed a traditional dance combined with a skit using modern technology. In her skit, she portrayed the importance of the ocean and the threats that challenged its existence. Towards the end of her talent, she called on the entire human race to assist in the care of the beauty and function of the ocean.

Miss Papua New Guinea, Antonnia Singut narrated her talent while Miss Kiribati, Taumuri Tetuai performed a traditional dance with her theme climate change and the preservation of the environment.

Miss Tonga, Paea Williams danced a love song of Palua Ė the tale of an Island chief of the highest rank who fell in love with a commoner.

Paretaunu Tuhi Tuhi Randall, the queen representing Miss Aetaroa performed a contemporary Maori dance portraying the story of four children of human...





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