After his return from Germany with the matai group in 1924, Fatu Frost corresponded with Aiono Dr Erich Schultz until the latter’s death on 24 June, 1935. Contact between the Schultz and Frost families ended when Fatu died in January 1956. (For more archival information and photography of Dr Schultz see Images 4 & 5 of Part 3 of this exhibition).
After more than half a century, descendants of both families met again in Samoa in 2012. Mrs Aniva Gesine Lefmann, Dr Schultz’ granddaughter, confirmed during a visit to the islands that the laulau fesilafaiga (ava bowl), fue (orator’s whisk) and to’oto’o lauga (orator’s stick) used in the Berlin saofai was still in the Schultz family’s possession. The two families plan to meet again in 2014.
Credit: Alfred Schultz Album photos; photographer R.Hofmann.
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