This episode is an interview with Queen Muhammad Ali who is using film to document the ancient food and pharmacopeia traditions in American Samoa. Her collaborators on the project are filmmaker Hakeem Khaaliq and media archivist David Neary, who completed work at MoMA in New York City. The name of the project is Manuia Samoa, and she will (did) present at the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. The project began as a labor of love after her maternal grandmother died in 2012. Ali talks about how nearly half the island is diagnosed with diabetes and her belief that a return to a traditional diet will help. The recording was  completed in May of 2019 at the ArtPlace Summit in Jackson, MS.

Host: Andrea Orlando  lives, records, and writes from her home in New Jersey. Contact her at

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