University of Washington research group meets with Gov Lemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Pacific Islander research group from the University of Washington (UW), together with UW Professors, joined Governor Lemanu P. S. Mauga and office staff at morning devotions held in the Governors conference room on June 29, 2023.
The UW group consists of ten undergrad and graduate students who are of Samoan ancestry, and two faculty members: Anthropology Professor Dr. Holly Barker who is also the Curator of Oceanic and Asian Culture, Burke Museum; and Marine Biology Professor Dr. Luke Tornabene, also the Curator of Fishes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
Governor Lemanu welcomed the saying, “I extend a warm welcome to you all and I am thrilled to know that some of you are returning to American Samoa to embrace the opportunity of reconnecting with your roots and cultural heritage.”
“Your commitment to preserving our traditions and strengthening our community is truly commendable. Together, let us forge a path of shared cultural pride and a brighter future for our beloved territory."
Governor Lemanu presented the group with gifts and has encouraged them to explore the enchanting Manu'a Islands during their stay, immersing themselves in the island lifestyle and gaining insights into its remarkable history.