Samoa

Samoa

A Guide to Resources in the Mount Angel Abbey Library

Updated September 15, 2009

Partially through the generosity of Cardinal Pio Taofinu’u (+ 2006) of Apia, Western Samoa, Mount Angel Abbey Library has been building a substantial collection of books on Samoa.

English Language Books on Samoan History and Culture

Buzacott, Aaron. Mission Life in the Islands of the Pacific. 1866; Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1985.

Calkins, Fay G. My Samoan Chief. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1971.

Churchward, William B. My Consulate in Samoa. 1887; London: Dawson,1971.

Consolata, Sister Mary, SMSM. Samoa with Love: Reminiscences of Forty-five Years. Waltham, Massachusetts: Marist Missionary Sisters, 1991.

The Cyclopedia of Samoa (Illustrated). 1907; Apia, Western Samoa: Commercial Printers, 1984.

Ellison, Joseph Waldo. Opening and Penetration of Foreign Influence in Samoa to 1880. Corvallis: Oregon State College, 1938.

Fairbairn-Dunlop, Peggy. Tamaitai Samoa: Their Stories. Carson, California: KIN Publications / Suva, Fiji: The Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1998. See repeated reference, below, under "bibliography."

Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., Navigating the Future: A Samoan Perspective on U.S. Pacific Relations. KIN Publications / Suva, Fiji: The Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1995.

Field, Michael J. Mau. Samoa’s Struggle against New Zealand Oppression. Wellington, New Zealand: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1984.

Governance in Samoa: Pulega I Samoa. Eds. Elise Huffer and Asofou So'o. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 2000.

Gray, John A. C. Amerika Samoa. 1960; New York: Arno, 1980.

Henry, Brother Fred. History of Samoa. Apia, Western Samoa: Commercial Printers, 1979.

Heslin, Rev. Fr. Joseph, SM. A History of the Roman Catholic church in Samona 1845-1995. Ed. M.B. Tyquin. Forward by Cardinal Pio Taofinu'u. Apia, Western Samoa, 1995. [Alternate pages are in Samoan as: O Le Talatu'ufaasolo E Ekalesia Katoliko I Samoa 1845-1995. ]

Historical Sketch of the Naval Administration of the Government of American Samoa, April 17, 1909—July 1,1951. Washington, D.C.: USGPO,1952.

Kennedy, Paul. The Samoan Tangle. A Study in Anglo-German-American Relations. Dublin: Irish University Press, 1974.

Laugen. Samoan Oratory. Apia, Western Samoa: National University of Samoa, 1987.

Tu’i, Tatupu Fa’afetai Mata’afa. Lauga. Samoan Oratory. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1987.

Marquandt, Carl. The Tattooing of Both Sexes in Samoa. Original German 1899; Papakura: MacMillan, 1984.

Meleisea, Malama. et al. Lagaga: A Short History of Western Samoa. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1987.

Meleisea, Malama. O Tama Uli. Melanesians in Samoa. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1980.

The Making of Modern Samoa: Traditional Authority and Colonial Administration in the Modern History of Western Samoa. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, 1987.

Naval Actions and History, 1799-1898. Boston: Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, 1902. Contains an article dealing with a hurricane in Samoa in 1889.

Robson, R. W. Queen Emma. Sydney, Australia: Pacific Publications, 1979.

Tala o le Vavau: The Myths, Legends and Customs of Old Samoa. Rev. ed. 1976; Auckland:NZ: Polynesian Press, 1987.

Tom, Nancy Y. W. The Chinese in Western Samoa, 1875- 1985. The Dragon Came from Afar. Apia, Western Samoa: Western Samoa Historical and Cultural Trust, 1986.

Turner, George. Samoa: A Hundred Years Ago and Long Before. 1884; Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1984.

Samo. Nineteen Years in Polynesia. 1861; Apia, Western Samoa: Western Samoa Historical and Cultural Trust, 1986.

Wendt, Jennifer. A Title Bestowal in Western Samoa. Auckland, NZ: Longman Paul, 1987.

Wendt, Albert.
Albert Wendt was born in Western Samoa and educated in New Zealand, wherein he gained an M.A. in history from Victoria University, Wellington. He then became a professor of Pacific Literature at the University of the South Pacific

The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man: a Collection of Short Stories. Auckland, NZ: Penguin, 1986.

Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree and Other Stories. Auckland, NZ: Penguin, 1988.

Leaves of the Banyan Tree. Auckland, NZ: Penguin, 1979.

Pouliuli. 1977; Auckland, NZ: Penguin, 1987.

Anthropological Studies—Margaret Mead and Her Critics

Caton, Hiram. The Samoa Reader. Anthropologists Take Stock. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990.

Freeman, Derek. Margaret Mead and Samoa. Cambridge: Harvard, 1983.

Holmes Lowell Don, ed. Quest for the Real Samoans: The Mead / Freeman Controversy and Beyond. South Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvin, 1987.

Mead, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa. New York: Morrow, 1928.

Samoa and Samoans Today

Baker, Paul T., ed. The Changing Samoans. New York: Oxford, 1986.

Janes, Craig. Migration, Social Change and Health. A Samoan Community in Urban California. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Ngan-Woo, Feleti E. Faasamoa: The World of Samoans. New Zealand: Office of the Race Relations Conciliator, 1985.

Sutter, Frederic Koehler. Samoa: A Photographic Essay. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1971.

The Samoan Language

Hunkin, Alfred. Gagana Samoa. A Samoan Language Coursebook. Auckland, NZ: Polynesian Press, 1988. (includes cassette)

Marsack, C. C. Teach Yourself Samoan. London: English Universities Press, 1962.

Schultz, E. Samoan Proverbial Expressions. Alaga’upu fa’a - Samoa. Trans. Brother Herman.1953; Auckland, NZ: Polynesian Press, 1980.

Christian Writings in Samoan

O Le Tusi Paia. O Le Feagauga Tuai Ma Le Feagaiga Fou Ma Apokerifa. N. p1.: The Bible Society in the South Pacific, 1969. Approved by Cardinal Pio for Catholic use.

Tusi Mo Aiga Tapua’I Faatasi. Christian Family Prayer Book. Samoan-English. Apia, Western Samoa: Diocese of Samoa and Tokelau, 1979.

Bibliography

Fairbairn-Dunlop, Peggy. Tamaitai Samoa: Their Stories. Carson, California: KIN Publications / Suva, Fiji: The Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1998. This book includes a detailed and wide-ranging bibliography of literature about Samoa, especially concerning topics of Samoan history and culture.

Holmes, Lowell D., ed. Samoan Island Bibliography. Wichita, KS: Poly Concepts, 1984.

Web-based / Internet Resources

Samoan Sensation: Literature Relating to Samoa
Includes a detailed "bibliography" about Samoa, with some 550 works, through early 2000.

Questia Online Library

A search for "bibliography, Samoa" yielded over 1800 books, plus a few journal articles.