Samoana

This is a work in progress. When it is finished I will have links to most of the articles concerning Samoa and its people that were published by the Journal of the Polynesian Society between the years 1892 and 1991, organized by general topic, with the author(s) listed. Until then, you may search for specific terms by pressing ctrl + f.

One thing to remember is that most, if not all, of these articles were written by non-Samoans. Thus, the perspective is likely different from what the Samoans themselves would have written about their own language, traditions, and people. Nevertheless, these should prove interesting and instructive on many points.

Also, in many instances the written Samoan is not correct. I suppose only an intimate acquaintance with the language itself can mitigate this problem. Being a student of the Samoan language for the past nine years, I can say that any efforts you may make to become better acquainted with Samoan and its various levels of discourse will be richly rewarding.

The Samoan Story of Creation: A Tala

O le Fale o le Fe'e: or Ruins of an Old Samoan Temple

Samoa: Whence Peopled?

Flotsam and Jetsam from the Great Ocean: or, Summary of Early Samoan Voyages and Settlement

Early Samoan Voyages and Settlements

Jottings on the Mythology and Spirit-Lore of Old Samoa

Some Folk-Songs and Myths from Samoa Part 1

Folk-Songs and Myths from Samoa Part 2

Folk Songs and Myths from Samoa Part 3

Folk Songs and Myths from Samoa Part 4

Folk Songs and Myths from Samoa Part 5

Palolo, a Sea-Worm Eaten by the Samoans

Notes on the Palolo

O le Tala ia Taema ma Nafanua

The Names and Movements of the Heavenly Bodies as Looked at from a Samoan Point of View

Polynesian Native Clothing

The War of Tonga and Samoa and the Origin of the Name Malietoa

Root Reducibility in Polynesian

Samoan Phonetics in the Broader Relation Part 1

Samoan Phonetics in the Broader Relation Part 2

Samoan Phonetics in the Broader Relation Part 3

The Samoan Version of the Story of Apakura

The Most Important Principles of Samoan Family Law, and the Laws of Inheritance

The Polynesian Method of Generating Fire Part 1

The Polynesian Method of Generating Fire Part 2

Legends of Samoa

Earthmounds of Samoa

The Samoan Division of Time

On the Origin of the Polynesian Passive

Material Representations of Tongan and Samoan Gods Part 1

Material Representations of Tongan and Samoan Gods Part 2

Material Representations of Tongan and Samoan Gods Part 3

The Seuao Cave

The Falemaunga Caves

O le Fale o le Fe'e

The Vailele Earthmounds

The Earliest Samoan Prints

A Samoan Legend

Upolu Island, Samoa

Tradition of Sanalala: Some Notes on Samoan Folklore

Palolo

An Introduction to Samoan Custom

Stability and Change in a Samoan Village Part 1

Stability and Change in a Samoan Village Part 2

The Social Organization of an Urban Village in Samoa

The Relation of Matplaiting to Barkcloth Decoration in Polynesia

Samoan Migration to New Zealand

The Great Samoan Awakening of 1839

Felix Maxwell Keesing, 1902-1961

Population Expansion in Western Samoa

Active, Passive, or Perfective in Samoan: A Fresh Appraisal of the Problem

Samoan Descent Groups: A Structural Outline

Some Observations on the Samoan Aigapotopoto

Petroglyphs in American Samoa

Additional Petroglyphs from American Samoa

Beachcombers and Castaways

Village Economics in Western Samoa

Coconut, Breadfruit and Taro in the Pacific Oral Literature

An Account of the Game of Tagati'a

Sibling Terms in Polynesia

Some Aitu Beliefs of Modern Samoans

The Meaning of the Name Samoa

The Land and Titles Court and the Regulation of Customary Title Successions and Removals in Western Samoa

Samoan Medicine Incantations

Some Modern Samoan Beliefs Concerning Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy

High Court Adjudication of Chiefly Title Succession Disputes in American Samoa

Western Samoan Marriage Patterns in Auckland

Incest Prohibitions and the Logic of Power in Samoa

A Note on Contemporary Samoan and Maori Cognatic Descent Groups

Sauniatu, Western Samoa: A Special Purpose Village

Speechmaking and the Organisation of Discourse in a Samoan Fono

Samoan Village Patterns: Four Examples

A Human Image from Samoa: Some Observations

Turmoil in Paradise: A View of the Sociopolitical Upheavals in Western Samoa, Consequent on the Marriage of Convenience between the Fa'a-Samoa and Western-Oriented Democratic Ideologies

Samoan Figurative Carvings and Samoan Canoes

An Archeological Survey of the Manu'a Islands, American Samoa

New Information for the Ferry Berth Site, Mulifanua, Western Samoa

Samoan Figurative Carvings and Taumualua Canoes – A Further Note

Towards an Understanding of Samoan Star Mounds

Of Butterflies, Umbrellas, Swamps and Such

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