Safua Akeli
Safua Akeli

Project Title: Samoa 'on show': re-examining the display of people and objects from 1923 to 2007

Principal Advisor: Professor Clive Moore

Project Abstract: The historiography of Sāmoa’s relationship with New Zealand is weighted towards colonial administration from 1914 to 1962, the Mau resistance movement of the 1920s, and decolonisation since independence in 1962. This proposed research will examine the Sāmoa-New Zealand relationship through four key exhibitions; the First Agricultural Show & Fair (1923), the New Zealand Centenary Exhibition (1940), Va’aomanū: an exhibition celebrating the history and culture of Sāmoa (1998) and Tangata o le Moana: the story of Pacific people in New Zealand (2007). Analysis of these shows provides an opportunity to analyse Sāmoa-New Zealand relations within the wider history of colonial and indigenous displays, and its connection or disconnection from the current historiography.

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