In this unit (to accompany SAPIENS podcast S6E7), students will learn about the significance of Sia Figiel and her writing. Students will consider how her writings empower marginalized voices and seek to help girls reclaim their lives. Students will discuss and compare the significant themes in Figiel’s books, including, but not limited to, gender, power, and culture.
A group or person treated as insignificant.
(born 1967) An award-winning Samoan novelist, playwright, and poet.
Abubakar, Sadiya. “The Samoan Side: How Sia Figiel Debunks Orientalism in Where We Once Belonged.” International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 14, no. 2 (2018): 105-120.
Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen. 2007. “The Long and Leisurely Route: Coming of Age in Europe Today.” Current History 106, no. 698 (2007): 130-136.
Borzekowski, Dina. 2006. “Adolescents’ Use of the Internet: a Controversial, Coming-of-Age Resource.” Adolescence Medicine Clinic 17, no. 1 (2006): 205-216.
Book: Sia Figiel’s Freelove
Book: Sia Figiel’s The Girl in the Moon Circle
Book: Sia Figiel’s They Who Do Not Grieve
Book: Sia Figiel’s Where We Once Belonged
Film: Kimberlee Bassford’s “I of the Water”
Video: Ron Fritz’s TEDxTalks “An Exploration of Coming of Age Rituals & Rites of Passage in a Modern Era”
Chelsea Wheeler, Freedom Learning Group