25 Nov 2013

Auckland academic to explore 200 years of Samoan history

11:16 am on 25 November 2013

An Auckland academic has received funding to research 200-years of Samoan history, from 1800 to 2000.

Associate Professor Damon Salesa of the University of Auckland's Centre for Pacific Studies has recieved a Marsden Grant for his project.

Associate Professor Salesa says the result of his work will include two volumes entitled The Transformation of Everyday Life in Samoa.

He says that Samoa's history has tended to be written from the colonisers' perspective, not that of the local people.

"What i am hoping to do with that grant is broaden that out so many of the things that are really interesting and sort of fundamental to Samoan life, like changes in technology, changes in environment and food, many of those things - we don't really know about as much as those things as we should."

Associate Professor Damon Salesa.