In this unit (to accompany the SAPIENS podcast S6E5), students will learn about colonialism in the South Pacific and Samoa. Students will explore the history of colonialism and examine how colonialism and the influence of Christianity shaped the Samoan people and their views toward anthropologists Margaret Mead and Derek Freeman.
A practice that has one nation gain physical control and political power over another nation, often for the purpose of extracting resources and labor.
A monotheistic religion that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.
A system that follows a specific set of values and beliefs.
Being independent from anyone else’s influence.
Efi, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi. “Whispers and Vanities in Samoan Indigenous Religious Culture.” Parliament of the World’s Religions, February 15, 2015. https://parliamentofreligions.org/articles/whispers-and-vanities-in-samoan-indigenous-religious-culture/.
Naepi, Sereana and Marcia Leenen-Young. “Gathering Pandanus Leaves: Colonization, Internationalization and the Pacific.” Journal of International Students 11, no. S1 (2021): 15-31.
Salesa, T. Damon. I. “’Travel-Happy’ Samoa: Colonialism, Samoan Migration and a ‘Brown Pacific’.” New Zealand Journal of History 37, no. 2 (2003): 171-188.
Article: James Bishop’s “AMERICAN SAMOA: Which Road Ahead?”
Podcast Episode: Holger Droessler: “Coconut Colonialism: Workers and the Globalization of Samoa”
Video: The CoconetTV’s “Untold Pacific History: Episode 3 – Samoa / N.Z.’s colonisation of Samoa & the Mau Movement”
Nadine Rodriguez, Freedom Learning Group