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American Samoa

Territory of American Samoa

Last modified: 2009-08-15 by phil nelson
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[Flag of American Samoa] image by Carlos Esparza
Proportions: 1:2
Usage code: [FIS Code]
Hoisted: 27 April 1960

ISO Code: AS ASM 016
FIPS 10-4 Code: AQ
MARC Code: as
Status: territory of the United States

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In his left claw is an orator's "fly-flap". This is a functional object (used to shoo flies away) which has become the symbol of a "talking chief", one of the ranks of Samoan nobles. In his right claw is what looks like a dance-paddle, a form of club used in dancing.
Stuart Park 19 February 1996

According to Webster's Concise Encyclopedia of Flags, 1985 [mch85a]

The flag is blue with a white triangle, edged in red, based on the fly. The triangle extends to the hoist and bears the American eagle in proper colors and facing towards the hoist. It grasps the symbol of power of the Samoan chiefs, the "uatogi" (war-club), and the symbol of wisdom of the councils, the "fue" (ritual stick). The colors of the flag are both Samoan and American, and the American eagle, holding traditional Samoan emblems, represents the protection and friendship of the United States.

Jarig Bakker, 10 April 2000