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American Samoa

The World Factbook: Background: :: Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was not reached by European explorers until the 18th century. International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year. :: more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: American Samoa (i/əˈmɛrɨkən səˈmoʊ.ə/; Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa, [aˈmɛɾika ˈsaːmʊa]; also Amelika Sāmoa or Sāmoa Amelika) is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.[1] American Samoa consists of 5 main islands and 2 coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, more [Source: Wikipedia]

Expertise (alphabetical order)

Professor, Anthropology at Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Keywords: Gender, Sexuality, Globalization, Body Theory, Food and Nutrition, Sport, Morality, Christianity, Conflict, Economic Anthropology

Kasia Renae COOK
Independent researcher, The Samoa Historical and Cultural Trust, Samoa

Keywords: Colonialism, Identity, Feeling of Belonging, Cultural Heritage, Race / Racism, Inter-racial Relations, Emigration, Racial Mobility

Professor, Shidler College of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Keywords: Island Studies, Agency, Anthropology Of Knowing, Leadership

Independent researcher, retired University Professor at University of the French Pacific, French Polynesia

Keywords: Myth, Pre-European Settlement, Genetics, Archaeology, Prehistory

PhD Student, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies at James Cook University, Australia

Patricia FIFITA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at University of Hawai'i-Manoa, United States

Keywords: Medical Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Indigenous Epistemology, Colonialism, Biomedicine, Gender, Non Communicable Diseases, Political Economy, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Climate Change

Takiora INGRAM
Independent researcher, FRIENDS OF THE LAGOON/PACIFIC PLANNING &RESEARCH at Non-Government Organization, Cook Islands

Keywords: Climate Policy, Development, Gender Violence, Mining and its Discontents, Political Anthropology, Regional History, Seascape, Social Impact Analysis, Sustainable Tourism, World Heritage

Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland at Uniservices Consultancy Ltd, New Zealand

Keywords: Education, Education Policy, Language Policy, Language Shift, Language-Culture-Cognition, Polynesian Languages, Pacific Studies, Language, Literacy, Bilingual/Immersion Education

Richard MOYLE
Professor emeritus, Centre for Pacific Studies at University of Auckland, New Zealand

Keywords: Christianisation, Cultural Change, Dance, Indigenous/non-Indigenous Relations, Language Documentation, Polynesian Languages, Ritual, Voyaging, Oral Tradition, Music

Associate Professor, Centre for Samoan Studies at National University of Samoa, Samoa

Keywords: Applied Anthropology, Development Studies

Lecturer, Visual Arts Department at University of California San Diego, United States

Keywords: Art, Gender, Religion, Body Theory, Ritual Studies

Research Fellow, Ho'omaluhia, Hawai'i, International and Indigenous Division at Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, United States

Keywords: Customary Law, Diasporas, Gender Violence, Health, Human Rights, Identity, Justice, Law and Culture, Mining, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Upolu Luma VAAI
Senior Lecturer, HoD Theology and Ethics Department at Pacific Theological College, Fiji

Keywords: Christianity, Pacific Relational Hermeneutics, Relational Theology, Relational Ethics, Pacific Epistemology, Climate Change, Colonialism, Economy And Justice

Michael WALSH
, Center for Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University, United States

Official Websites

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    Research Centres

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    Libraries and Archives

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    Museum Collections

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    Health and Health Research

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    Administrative Areas

    Eastern (District)
    Manu'a (District)
    Unorganized (District)
    Western (District)

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    Note that positions may be inaccurate or approximate.