Mamona and the Mau : Latter-day Saints Amidst Resistance in Colonial Samoa
The Pacific Institute
[2015 Mormon Historical Association Winner for Best International Article Award]
The historiography of Colonial Samoa is dominated by the anticolonial Mau resistance movement against New Zealand and American authority during the late 1920s. With the exception of historian Featuna'i Ben Liua'ana's significant research found in Samoa Tula'i: Ecclesiastical and Political Face of Samoa's Independence, 1900-1962, little has been said of the role Samoan members of Christian congregations and Western missionaries held in relation to the Mau resistance. This article examines exchanges and conflicts between Samoan members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and LDS missionaries amidst the larger Mau resistance to New Zealand colonial authority.