Background Information for Leaves of the Banyan Tree
Required background reading:
Wendt's biography on the Pacific Starmap website
the Vilsoni Hereniko/David Hanlon interview with Albert Wendt
New Zealand Book Council site about Albert Wendt
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre site about the poetry of Albert Wendt. Take a look at this site if you're interested in poetry. If you scroll down there are some poems with audio so you can hear his voice.
University of Hawaii author profile of Albert Wendt
"Tatau-ing the Post-Colonial Body" has an interesting reference to his idea about the nature of a flying fox.
Another interview with Albert Wendt mostly about his novel Poliuli
Information about Samoa in Wikipedia site