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eBook The Samoa Islands: An Outline of a Monograph With Particular Consideration of German Samoa : Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions With 3 Plates, 4 Maps and 44 illustra download ISBN: 0824822196
Author: Theodore Verhaaren,Augustin Kramer
Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr (May 1, 2000)
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The Samoa Islands book.

The Samoa Islands book.

The Samoa Islands: An Outline of a Monograph With Particular Consideration of German Samoa : Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions With 3 Plates, 4 Maps and 44 Illustra. Translated by Theodore Verhaaren. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2219-4. Meleisea, Malama (1987). The Making of Modern Samoa: Traditional Authority and Colonial Administration in the History of Western Samoa. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific.

by Augustin Kramer (Author), Theodore Verhaaren (Author). It is a book that today determines geneology lines within the tribes of Samoa leading back to the original King. It is utilized in Samoan Lands and Titles court hearings to settle disputes of titles and ownership of family lands. 4 people found this helpful.

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The Samoa Islands: An Outline of a Monograph With Particular Consideration of German Samoa : Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions With 3 Plates, 4 Maps and 44 illustra (Samoa Islands). May 2000, University of Hawaii Press. Paperback in English.

Of particular importance to Samoans are the original documents containing ceremonial greetings and genealogical pedigrees.

Samoa, volume 2: Material Culture, by Augustine Kramer; translated by Theodore Verhaaren

Authors: Meleisea, Malama. London Missionary Society (September 1895). Address By A Samoan Queen".

Augustin Kramer, Theodore Verhaaren. Of particular importance to Samoans are the original documents containing ceremonial greetings and genealogical pedigrees.

The scientific exploration of samoa. 1. 2 Two Samoan sisters of Savaii. 4. 3 A Samoan with a savage expression. 8 A Samoan daughter of a chief of Falefa. 20. 45 A hand wash bowl tanoa faaau Fischer photo. 13. 6 Melanesian women with wavy and spirally curled hair. 18.

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Mr.jeka
This is a Volume I of a two-volume set.

I saw this two-volume book first time in Apia, the capitol city of Samoa. It was the hard copy edition presented in a show case of the Rainforest Restaurant, whose owners were two historians working passionately on a creation of a small museum of Samoan Art and culture of Samoa. I was astonished about the amount of details in this book. The more astonished I was, as I saw how many well situated Samoans were visiting the Swiss/German couple to consult this book regarding their genealogy and heritage! This source might just as well prove predecessors in old Samoan ruling nobility or even... a divine origin!

For a contemporary reader Krämer's book might be a difficult lecture though. Krämer brings together facts and legends. Parts of the text are written in Samoan, and sometimes I could not find out any specific rule for the switching between the German and Samoan languages. Fortunately, mostly one page is in Samoan, and the opposite page is in English, like a Roseta Stone of a kind! The translator of the book, Dr. Verhaaren, remarks in his foreword that Krämer was somewhat inconsistent in his spelling of Samoan words.

In my opinion Krämer created a great documentary, but he was not a good writer. The great amount of details, which Krämer by himself often calls just a hearsay, have probably a great value for scholars or lovers of Polynesian mystique, but they might only confuse casual reader. Nevertheless he seems to be very careful about differentiation between facts and rumors.

One of the interesting aspects of this book are the details about the travels, marriages and wars between Samoans, Tongans and even the Melanesian Fijians. Many contemporary families on Samoa know through these reports that their heritage reaches hundreds of miles apart from Samoa. Samoans were splendid navigators and they undertook numerous long distance voyages. There was a good reason that Samoa earned the name "Navigator Islands" after being discovered by Europeans. Unfortunately, the contemporary Islanders lost solely their ability to navigate on the open Ocean over such distances.

The book contains a large number of beautiful photographs of Samoan people, and of the entire Samoa from the colonial period, in which Great Britain, USA and Germany were still quite friendly nations "negotiating" their spheres of influence in the Pacific. As you might know, Samoa is still a divided country and the American sponsored government in Pago Pago tries to deepen the differences between the Samoans on the neighboring Islands. They feel very cozy in their present arrangement, and so they try to prevent a reunification. It is fascinating to see in this book the Samoa as it once was, a one entity.

This book is a fascinating "must have" collectible for scholars, passionate off road travelers, and everyone else looking for island nostalgia. The publisher, Hawaii Press, made a great effort to provide splendid quality of typesetting and print.

My only regret is that we wait for so many years for a matching release of the Volume II!

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Jogrnd
While this two volume book was a huge undertaking and written in the spirit of recording customs, history, genealogy, and other important facts in a Samoa that was rapidly changing, it was written by an outsider with only a rudimentary knowledge of Samoan language, customs, etc. He relied mainly on interpreters and his gafa/genealogy, and history of Manu'a and the Tuimanu'a are not any where near those recorded in the 'api or notebooks of the Young family of the Anoalo line of the Tuimanu'a or that of the Galea'i family of Fitiuta and said to be the first title ever bestowed in Manu'a. Both Galea'i and Young are in accordance with each other.

The above having been said, this book is still a must for any serious Pacific Island scholar. Although written by an outsider, and much of the information is inconsistent with that of native Samoans. His work should not be discounted completely.