Cowboys in the House of Polynesia Salesa, Damon en_US 2011-09-16T19:00:23Z 2011-09-16T19:00:23Z 2010 en_US
dc.description.abstract Despite Albert Wendt’s departure from the formal discipline of history as a graduate student, he has established himself at the center of an alternate, influential stream of Pacific history writing. This has turned on the crafting of a new relationship to the past that is radical and dissenting, not only against colonialism, but certain iterations of indigenous culture, politics, and tradition. Wendt pursues this not only through remembering ancestral lives and worlds, but also through inventions and innovative appropriations—such as the Samoan cowboy. Cowboys appear repeatedly in Wendt’s work, often at crucial junctures. But his utilization of the cowboy is not, as some might suppose, simply imaginative. As early as 1914 Samoans had appropriated cowboy films and narratives, and cowboys were to remain compelling and powerful features in Samoan life, as they were in other colonized locations from New Zealand to the Congo. The mythic qualities of the cowboy that appealed to some Samoans are much the same as those that Wendt orchestrates in his work through cowboys. The Samoans who laid claim to being cowboys were inhabiting a renegade, dangerous masculinity, one that was decisive and good, which opposed colonialism but which was also critical of many dimensions of tradition and local life. As such, the Samoan cowboy is a specially revealing figure not only for Wendt’s work, but for understanding the Samoan past. en_US
dc.format.extent 19 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Salesa, D. 2010. Cowboys in the House of Polynesia. The Contemporary Pacific 22 (2): 330-348. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject Albert Wendt en_US
dc.subject Sāmoa en_US
dc.subject cowboys en_US
dc.subject Pacific history en_US
dc.subject westerns en_US
dc.subject colonial en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals en_US
dc.title Cowboys in the House of Polynesia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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