DESCRIPTION : Samoan Art and Artists is a
wide-ranging survey of both the traditional and contemporary
arts of Samoa. The author has drawn on an extensive research
base to present a contemporary and accessible picture of a vibrant
The book has a broad sweep, covering
all facets of the Samoan arts, including canoe and house building,
siapo (tapa) weaving, tattooing, oratory, adornment, all forms
of performance art, the visual arts, and literature.
An important feature of the book
is the inclusion of profiles of living practitioners, both from
Samoa and the large Samoan communities in other Pacific countries.
❙ Sean Mallon is Curator History/Pacific at the Museum
of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.