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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ur'HMIDGE MERAiD Wedneidoy, June 6, 1973 Another Berlin Wall exists in the Polynesian Islands By MORT nOSKNBLIM PAGO PAGO, American Samoa "Hamburgers are an American institution- It's your duty to eat them." roads a red, white and blue sign in a waterfront stand here. Next door, in the eloped country of Western Samoa, people still prefer simple three- hour feasts of suckling pig, lob- ster, taro and yams The United States and Ger- many split up these Polynesian islands at the end of the last century, and the two sides headed off in separate direc- tions. One has remained Amencan since, first as a navy coal- ing station and, since 1951, as an incorporated territory. The other was governed by New Zealand alter the First World War and granted independence in 1962 Now they are worlds apart "It's just like the Berlin says one Samoan here with roots on both sides. "We're the same people, the same fam- ilies even, but we're completely different" "Here we feel we're where it's at and think: 'Oh those poor cats, no cars, no money.' And they're saying: 'Those guys have lost their heritage and sold out we're poor but we call our own shots The Americans spend mil- lion a year for people on 76 square miles Western Samoa's budget is less than a third of that for 150.000 people on square miles, j "The Samoans here have money to buy things that will improve their quality of life.'' says Gov. John Haydon. "I don't believe we should go back to making soap from bear fat and living in log cabins.1' Western Samoa Prime Minis- ter Fiame Mataafa, a high chief, says: "We must maintain our traditional way of life.'' His country has relused aid to build new roads, saying they might unbalance the society. results of the two philo- sophies are obvious' The American Dream is pos- sible for the American Samoan, but if he doesn't earn some money, he is in trouble. His family will feed him, but others on the block have more than food. Western Samoans live much as their ancestors did a thou- sand years ago. Young people can choose the modern way, but they have to do without frozen orange juice. As a rule, American Samoans smile less. But the children seem brighter because more things stimulate their minds. They aren't necessarily hap- pier. The Western Samoan knows who he is and where he fits. The American Samoan often isn't sure of either, but then he isn't held back by custom and babit. Outsiders with experience on both sides generally say the people have a more meaningful and richer life on the Western side, even if they don't have the material advantages. But some disagree, pointing out that Western Samoans who come here to work seldom leave. Geographically, American Samoa has been the loser. The main island, Tutuila, is mostly mountains and forests, far bet- ter for postcards than for farm- ing. Land-rich families to the west have always regarded the east- erners as backwater country cousins. TORONTO (CP) Max Ep- stein literally started picking up the pieces two years ago after declaring bankruptcy. Epstein, who owed the bank plus interest, took an axe to worth of his paintings as sheriff's officers stood to take them on behalf of the bank. His car and house had been repossessed three weeks earlier. "They had some idea of ped- dling my paintings like a used he said "I never put He literally picked up the pieces them up as security against my loan They were part of my life." After the axing, Epstein said he sat around despondent and depressed, his work lying in jagged pieces around him on his studio floor. Then he realized there was something in the jagged jig-saw pieces around "I made up 50 of he said in a recent interview. "I guess I've got about 15 left." Some of his earlier large plexi-glass sculptures which were illuminated by lights from the as much as for material. 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