The Contemporary Pacific The Contemporary Pacific 28:2 includes articles on "moving objects" in Oceanic collections, Samoan artistic responses to cultural change, and reflections on a combined biography of certain Chambri people of Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province; a dialogue essay on outcomes of mining development for Kanak in New Caledonia; and a resources essay on online Pacific literature searches. Political reviews of the region and of Melanesia, along with fourteen book and media reviews, round out the issue.
Te Kauhiva Tokelau: Composing and
Choreographing Cultural Sustainability, by Candice
Elanna Steiner, moves from Tokelau to the diaspora, the classroom, and
then the stage in order to understand the role of Tokelauan pehe
ma fātele (songs and dances) in the culture and language
efforts of Te Lumanaki o Tokelau i Amelika, a Tokelau culture and
language school based in Central O'ahu in Hawai'i. This is CPIS
Occasional Paper 45.
Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and
Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania, by
Diana Looser, is the latest volume (number 28) in the Pacific Islands
Monograph Series, published by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies
and the University of Hawai'i Press. It offers the first full-length
comparative study of drama by Pacific playwrights, with an overview of
significant works produced throughout the region over the past fifty
years. Detailed case studies focus on how Pacific dramatists, actors,
and directors have used theatrical performance to critically engage the
Pacific's colonial and postcolonial histories in Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New
Zealand, New Caledonia/Kanaky, and Fiji.
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