Samoan Heroes by David Riley illus. Michel Mulipola
Samoan Heroes by David Riley illus. Michel Mulipola. Pub. 2015 http://readingwarrior.com
Every culture needs it’s heroes and role models to be known and in a multi cultural society like New Zealand each culture needs to have equal value so that all can become one culture. This book of Samoan heroes and role models both male and female is combined with Samoan history and myth and legend to render a very accessible and readable publication. So often subjects such as this are too academic or too long winded to be of use of the students who want to use them. Not this book which I regard as an essential purchase for school libraries and even for the home.
Some of the people you will meet are sports heroes Tana Umaga, Davis Tua, Troy Polamalu, Luisa Avaiki and the kava king Ruben Wiki.
Legens include Tagaloalagi and the first Samoans, Ti’iti’i and the discovery of fire and Losi and how the taro came to Samoa.
Of real interest to me was the story of Leader of the Mau Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III who was a peaceful demonstrator before the better known Ghandi and Martin Luther King. It also reveals the disgraceful behaviour of the NZ Govt during the peaceful Mau protests in Apia in 1929.
You will not be disappointed in this book I wish I had had it to use when I worked for the national Library.