Sāmoa: People, Culture, Language
- About the Book
Aimed at readers 8+ but valuable for anyone with an interest in our Pacific ‘āiga (family), this is one of two inaugural books in the Moana Oceania series created by Oratia Books’ Editorial Director, Carolyn Lagahetau.
Dahlia Malaeulu provides a comprehensive overview of life in Sāmoa for readers in New Zealand, with text in Gagana Samoa and English. Samoan children will see themselves reflected in these books, and all readers can learn about the islands’ culture, language, daily life, history, environment and sport.
Moana Oceania: Sāmoa explains the fundamental values of Fa’asāmoa (Samoan life), including connection to ‘āiga (family), nu’u (village), land and religion. It shows how families in Sāmoa live, how they are educated, and how they celebrate and commemorate through dance, music and festivals — while exploring how Samoans in Aotearoa maintain and adapt their culture.
With colour photographs throughout, the book contains pull-out boxes of information, making the text easy to access.
- About the Author(s)
Dahlia Malaeulu, AuthorDahlia Malaeulu is a primary-school teacher, media force, and strong advocate across multiple platforms for youth literature. Her own publishing venture, Mila’s Books, creates quality stories that reflect Pasifika children’s lives. In 2020 she collected the Pacific Woman in Business accolade at the Wellington Pasifika Business Awards. Dahlia lives with her family in Wainuiomata, Wellington.
Tapaau Auvaa, Translator