In this unit (to accompany the SAPIENS podcast S6E5), students will explore how colonialism shaped Samoa. Students will examine the legacies of the colonial era and how Samoan populations have striven to overcome these legacies. The unit will dig into how language is shaped, specifically how ideologies shape the language and the West’s view on Samoa and its people.
The lack of isolation of individual countries and the practice of creating a world with more fluent borders.
A set of words that is spoken and understood by a group of people.
Something that was passed on by the people who have lived before us.
Cervone, Carmen, Martha Augoustinos, and Anne Maass. 2021. “The Language of Derogation and Hate: Functions, Consequences, and Reappropriation.” Journal of Language and Social Psychology 40, no. 1 (2021): 80-101.
McMullin, Dan Taulapapa. “Fa’afafine Notes: On Tagaloa, Jesus, and Nafanua.” Amerasia Journal 37, no. 3 (2011): 114-131.
Sailiata, Kirisitina Gail. “The Samoan Cause: Colonialism, Culture, and the Rule of Law.” PhD diss., University of Michigan, 2014.
Tuia, Tagataese Tuia. “Globalization, Culture and Education in Samoa.” International Online Journal of Primary Education 8, no. 1 (2019): 51-63.
Slides: Post-Colonial Legacies
Podcast Episode: Dayonara Gaoteote: American Samoa Politics: Performing SĀMOA. “Keeping SĀMOA in American Samoa”
Video: TED: Lera Boroditsky’s “How Language Shapes the Way We Think”
Video: UN Story’s “The Shocking Link Between Hate Speech and Genocide”
Nadine Rodriguez, Freedom Learning Group