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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.


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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.
Candice Steiner is a PhD student in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa



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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.
Diana Looser is an assistant professor of theater and performance studies at Stanford University.



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