St. Lawrence anthropology students are responding to an international request to assist their counterparts in Samoa with their studies.

The Anthropology Club and the University's Anthropology Department, is conducting a book drive to send appropriate anthropology books to the National University of Samoa, which will be conducting their first-ever course in anthropology beginning in January of 2000. The University's dean, a Samoan and an anthropologist, sent out an international request on the Internet, and it was received by St. Lawrence Professor of Anthropology Ali Pomponio, through an e-mail discussion list for Pacific anthropologists.

"I asked anthropology faculty and students, especially those in my Pacific Islands class, to donate their extra books to the cause," Pomponio said. "This project is an important -- and poignant -- one. It answers some questions many people have about how 'indigenous peoples' feel about anthropology. It shows that they not only read about it, they also major in it and get Ph.D.s in it, and try to go home and teach their own people about their own, as well as others', cultures. And they generally have to do it with little or no money."

Members of St. Lawrence's Anthropology Club will collect the books and pack them for shipment to Samoa.
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