Holmes, Lowell Don, 1925-. Ta'u: stability and change in a Samoan village

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Title: Ta'u: stability and change in a Samoan village

Published By: The Polynesian Society, Inc.: Wellington, N.Z., 1958. xii, 87 p.: ill.

By line: Lowell D. Holmes

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Samoans (OU08)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Household (592); Family relationships (593); Gender status (562); Division of labor by gender (462); Settlement patterns (361); Buying and selling (432); Community heads (622); Status, role, and prestige (554); Chief executive (643); Form and rules of government (642); Etiquette (576); Visiting and hospitality (574); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178);

Abstract: This monograph explores change and continuity in the material culture and social organization of Ta'nu, a village in the Manu'an island group of American Samoa. To achieve this goal, the author contrasts his own observation of daily life among Ta'nu villagers and Chiefs in 1954 with ethnographic and historical information obtained from the nineteenth century (circa 1800-1870), and during 1925-1930. The monograph concludes by providing a long list of materials and cultural practices which the author found to be either survivals of past traditions or recent additions following contacts mostly with Europeans and Americans.

Document Number: 22

Document ID: ou08-022

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Reprint of the Polynesian Society No.7. Pages v-ix and 3-37 of this reprint appeared in the Journal of the Polynesian Society, 66:301-338. Pages 38-77 appeared in the Journal, 66:398-435.

Field Date: 1954

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2007

Coverage Date: 1800-1954

Coverage Place: Samoa

LCSH: Samoans


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