Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Independent State of Samoa, in the West Pacific, consists largely of two islands, Upolu and Savai. The country was occupied by Germany until 1914 when it was annexed by New Zealand. It became known as Western Samoa, becoming independent in 1962 and changing its name to Samoa in 1997. Being an island culture located in the Pacific, many of the nation's sports and recreations have to do with swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and canoeing. However, there are a number of land-based games and recreational sports that have survived. One of these is tagati'a , which involves about 100 people involved in javelin throwing. It is a ...