PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE
ISBN - 13: 978-0-9979995-0-1
ISBN - 10: 0-9979995-0-0
LC Classification DU819.T8 W44 2016
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'ON CALL' at the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS!
PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa has been selected for hard cover binding by the Library of Congress (LOC), in Washington, D.C. for the public to read and research in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms!
The classic artistic charm of Samoa's past can be seen interwoven throughout this transformation in paradise at the turn of the 20th century in PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa. The Fitafita (on the cover) is a precursor to American Samoa's patriotism as shown by the many Samoans who have served in the United States Armed forces. In an indigenous Samoan art class at American Samoa Community College taught by Reggie Meredith, Karen Wheat learned about the fine art of siapo (tapa design), Samoan mat making, and Samoan pottery. There is a chapter on siapo design and art included in Karen's book. The Editor, John Enright, was also the American Samoan Historical Preservation Officer(retired) and is an independent established editor and author of both fiction and poetry. Alison Nordstrom PhD, an Independent Scholar of Photographs of all kinds, also contributed to PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa and both Ms. Nordstom and Mr. Enright wrote contributions within this book. Karen Wheat has been working and researching this finally published project off and on for the past seventeen years, and it has brought her the joy of getting to know the Samoan people, the Samoan culture and the history of the United States Territory of American Samoa.
It is Karen Wheat's hope that the photographs in this book will facilitate the preservation of the fine art of siapo, the weaving of fine mats, siva dancing and music, traditional oratory skills, the kava ceremony, and the patriotism of all those who serve in the United States military. Four of the buildings in the Dwyer Collection are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Two of the historical buildings seen in the collection have been preserved.
A lot of intense research went into this book over the years and she is graciously grateful for this learning and cultural experience. Karen is also thankful for all of the people who helped her along the way and this opportunity to share her family collection of 55 photographs via her newly updated book and Kindle edition.