Now 'On Call' for research at the Library of Congress!

     PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa (1st revised edition) was selected for hard cover binding in 2017 by the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C. for the public to read and research in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms at the LOC as a nonfiction reference book!​  This older edition is not in print.


     Both the 1st and 2nd revised editions highlight the recovered 100 year-old photo album and showcase 52 black & white pictures (enhanced professional photos, circa 1910) plus 3 more from her family collection.  The 2nd revised edition continues to include Photo Galleries of Ceremonial & Traditional Dress, Places, Landscape, Historic Buildings, the Fitafita (Island Naval Military) and the U.S. Naval Station, Tutuila, Pago Pago, American Samoa, circa 1910. This book also highlights the Fine Art of Siapo (tapa) by an American Samoa Community College Art Teacher. 


     Karen is honored to have her publication included in the Library of Congress book stacks.

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About The Author

     Karen Wheat lives in western Michigan with her husband, Richard Meads. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to seven grandchildren.  She is a graduate of Northwood University with a degree in Executive Secretarial Science.  Karen has traveled to American Samoa numerous times interviewing the people there concerning the photos, researching and taking part and enjoying cultural events while happily living in the village of Leone for extended periods of time.  In an indigenous Samoan art class taught by Reggie Meredith she learned about the fine art of siapo (tapa design), Samoan mat making and Samoan pottery.


     It is Karen's hope that the photographs in this book 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 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.  


     Karen is grateful to have had this meaningful cultural experience, this opportunity to share it with the public and to hand-down this book to her family especially.

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Contributors

John Enright, Editor and Contributor

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

   John Enright spent 26 years in American Samoa working for cultural, environmental, and historical resource preservation. His final 13 years there he served as State Historic Preservation Officer. His essays, articles, short stories, and poems have appeared in more than eighty books, anthologies, journals, periodicals and online magazines. His collection of poems about Samoa, '14 Degrees South,' won the University of the South Pacific Press's inaugural International Literature Prize for Poetry. He is the author of the acclaimed 'Det. Sgt. Apelu Soifua Jungle Beat Mystery series,' set in Samoa.    

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

   Regina (Reggie) Meredith has been Professor of Art at American Samoa Community College for the past three decades. A native of Tutuila, AS, she holds and MFA from San Diego State University. She is a master at the traditional Samoan bark cloth art of siapo.


     Reggie's commitment to the perpetuation of siapo includes working with conservators at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History on the Samoan siapo collection from the 1800's. Handling the siapo from the past has given her a deeper connection to the ancestral art form. She says of the historic siapo that they "are richly made and show continuity in the motifs and elements that make this art form one to be proud of."


     Reggie learned the craft of siapo from the master of the previous generation, Mary Jewett Pritchard. It is interesting to note that Mary Jewett Pritchard was the daughter of Joseph Jewett, who was a good friend of Dwyer, the Collector of the Photographs, found in this book. She is also the great-grandaughter of A.D. (Albert David) Meredith, Dwyer;s right-hand assistant in his days in Pago Pago, AS. 

Alison Nordstrom, Ph.D, Contributor

Reggie Meredith, Illustrator and Contributor

Alison Nordstrom, Ph.D, Contributor

   Alison Nordstrom, Ph.D is an independent writer and curator specializing in photographs of all kinds. Formerly the Senior Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, she holds the Ph.D in Cultural and Visual Studies. In 1994 she was the curtator of Picturing Paradise: Colonial Photographs of Samoa at Rautenstrach-Joest Museum (Cologne), Pit-RiversMuseum (Oxford), Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach) and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). 

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