Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Samoa 1902-1905

Otto Tettens was based in Samoa at the Mulinuu Observatory in its infancy.

He took stunning images while he lived in Mulinuu, these images are part of an exhibition held in Samoa, organised by Herwig and Christiane Niggemann.
Otto was good friends with Mataafa Iosefa, and here is a photo which tells an interesting story. Herwig showed me details in this photo that suprised me.
The framed document on the wall is from the Kaiser at the time, also note the expensive german suitcase on his side, the grandfathers clock behind the shelf.
Mataafa was Catholic, thus the statue of Virgin Mary mounted.
Herwig also tells of a german family who saw the exhibition and informed them that they have that exact tapa cloth at home!!!

Christianne Niggemann's grandfather is Otto's brother, and she (with husband Herwig) have travelled to Samoa on several occasions.

To view these, go onto

My favourite of the collection is this picture, of the Samoan Government in 1904.

It would be so so awesome if we could identify all of the people in this picture.
So after the Festival this weekend, i'm gonna do some digging, but for now...if your great grand father was in Parliament in 1904, or if you know any of these people, or have access to this information...please drop me a line or email,

Interesting Fact: Did you know that traditional samoan fales were thatched with sugar cane leaves?
Sugarcane leaves have a longer lifespan on your roof than the commonly used niu olo tuma.
And if i won the lottery tomorrow, i will hired 50 samoans and the best tufugas to grow thousands of sugarcanes on tiafau, demolish the parliament house and build myself a nice sugarcane thatched fale samoa, and a bar attached to the side..Utopia matey...utopia...
Faafetai lava,



fotu of samoa said...

Talofa Lava Fotuosamoa!

Just came across your blog via le blog a le keige ula lea o Nydia and thought I'd say hello! Loving your blog! Nice to see some fellow teine o le motu having fun in the big bad world. Fetaui atili.



Goddess of Savaii said...

hi Fotu,

I thought we were the only crazy family blessed(but really,...cursed) with naming every other child after fotu..heheh...

suga, magaia lau blog, ive been checking it regularly, makuai le flow o le story la lea..but then again, you can go wrong unless youre nydia and bursting some ditzy bubbles la lea. poor darlin'...faamalosi!!!

toaga e post up au news o lea ou ke faikauiga lau blog i aso uma...hehe

okay, you take care,...teine o le motu REPRESENT auoisha!!!

Shark Girl said...

Stob the madness!

See what a good promoter I am...that is, when I'm not shamelessly promoting myself. Hehe.

Yes you are indeed both cursed. Two Fotus and both alcoholics and broud ones at that. Lol.

Ia pugi. Fa laia. Hope Gui is still in a sane state after all the shit you give him. Hohoho.

Goddess of Savaii said...

e, nydia, pugi laia, ...ea? at least o la'e ma te ola soifua maloloina ma fotu ae le'o stalk iga maua e gi angry witches haha...

okay hoebag gotta get back to work(on my tan) luv luv,

by the way, we drink to support our economy and livelihood,--someone's gotta support local brewery industry and put food on the table for some poorly paid brewery people...ya know, something lame like won't know, you bum your booze off your kama.hjahah, actually, thats smarter