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Portrait of Girl and Woman, Samoan Princesses in Native Dress, Full-Length, Facing Front
This full-length portrait of a Samoan woman and girl was taken by an unknown photographer around the turn of the 20th century. The heavy ornamentation and wedding ring suggest that they are the wife and child of a prominent person. The shape of the fan (ili aupolapola) indicates that they may not be royalty. Both are wearing skirts made of ti leaves known as titi and shirts made of decorated tapa (bark cloth) known in Samoa as siapo.
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Samoans Posed in Front of a Hut with Palm Fronds and Thatched Roof
This early-20th century photograph shows a group of people on one of the islands in the Samoan archipelago, which is located south of the equator between Hawaii and New Zealand. The Samoans are a Polynesian people, famous for their seafaring skills. The photograph is by A.J. Tattersall, who wrote on its reverse side: “I warn anyone against using this copy without my permission. A.T., Photo, Samoa.” Tattersall was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1861, and worked for photographic firms in Auckland before going to Apia, Samoa, to ...
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