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Museum of Ethnology celebrates Samoa's 50th anniversary of independance with exhibition
Visitors stand in front of an historic photograph showing inhabitants of Samoa during the show "Samoa - Pearl of the Pacific" at the Museum of ethnology (Museum fuer Voelkerkunde) on November 30, 2012 in Hamburg, northern Germany. The special exhibition, running from November 30, 2012 to February 17, 2013, was organised on the occasion of Samoa's 50th anniversary of independance. AFP PHOTO / Axel Heimken.
HAMBURG.- In 2012 and 2013 the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology dedicates several exhibitions and events to Polynesia. The relations between Europe / Hamburg and the Pacific Islands are retraced to show different perspectives on the cultures of Polynesia.

Due to the maritime history of the port of Hamburg the collections from the South Pacific and the adjoining territories have a long tradition in the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology. Representatives of German companies involved in trade with the South Seas, such as Johan Cesar Godeffroy & Sohn, Hernsheim & Co., merchant seamen, colonial administrators, missionaries and explorers made substantial contributions to the breadth of the collection. It is thus a mirror reflecting the worldwide network of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and its history.

The constellation of jubilees this year is remarkable and a great opportunity to show the Polynesian collections of the museum to the public.

• Das Haus Rauru – Meisterwerk der Maori / House Rauru – Masterpiece of the Maori

This year „Rauru“, the legendary Maori meeting house from New Zealand celebrates its centenary in Hamburg. The gallery was refurbished and completely transformed. Maori experts of the Te Arawa restored the meeting house with traditional materials and techniques. The new concept allows an immediate proximity between visitor and Rauru.

Publication: House Rauru – Masterpiece of the Maori; Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 2012

• Samoa – Perle des Pazifiks (1. December 2012 – spring 2013)

Samoa – Pearl of the Pacific

In 2012 the Independent State of Samoa celebrates 50 years of independence. In this context the museum acknowledges the Samoan culture and history with the exhibition ‘Samoa – Pearl of the Pacific’.

Samoa and Hamburg are linked by history – a short period in history that has nevertheless left traces in form of family names, personal memories and collections. The historic photographs and the exhibits bear witness to this intense relationship. Portraits of influential dignitaries, shots of everyday-life in tropical ambience, sheets of bark-cloth (siapo), woven mats, kava bowls and weapons of the museum’s collection, offer a first approach to Samoan culture and the rich traditions of these islands.



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