Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 1 January-March 2005



Pacific Collection Reopens!

Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania from Hiva to Hip Hop

De Young Museum Acquires PNG Art

New Zealand Eases the Way for International Graduate Students

TCP Online at Project Muse

Center Occasional Seminars and Presentations

Visitors to the Center

Faculty Activities

Student and Alumni Activities

The Contemporary Pacific 17:1

Publications, Moving Images, and CDs


Bulletin Board


UH Hamilton Library, including the Pacific and Hawaiian Collections, reopened on 28 March, almost five months after a flood devastated many parts of the campus, particularly the library and several scientific laboratories.

Although the Pacific Collection, on the fifth floor of Hamilton, was virtually untouched, the Government Documents Section, the Map Collection, Cataloging, and other library offices located in the basement were wiped out. Some of the lost materials of particular concern to Pacific scholars are Pacific maps and aerial photos of Micronesia from World War II and the 1970s, publications from the Islands that had been collected on acquisition trips and were awaiting cataloging, and government materials, such as UN trusteeship papers, congressional hearing reports, federal agency reports, and treaty documents.

Pacific Curator Karen Peacock and Pacific specialists Jane Barnwell and Lynette Furuhashi are asking for the public’s help in filling some of these gaps. They are hoping that scholars and others may have duplicates of some of the destroyed items in their collection and may be willing to donate them to the library when the materials are no longer needed. Potential donors who think they may have materials of interest to the librarians should contact Karen Peacock at (808) 956-2851 or at

Friends of the Pacific Collection are also encouraged to help the collection rebuild by making cash donations. Checks should be made out to University of Hawai‘i Foundation, with a note that funds are for the Pacific Collection Enrichment Fund. For questions regarding cash donations, please contact Dr Peacock or contact Dana Myers, Director of Development for Libraries, at (808) 956-8688 or


Conference conveners, Sean Mallon, Katerina Teaiwa, and April Henderson
Conference conveners, Sean Mallon, Katerina Teaiwa, and April Henderson.

Mark your calendars to be in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, for the Culture Moves! conference on dance in Oceania, 9–12 November 2005. The conference is sponsored by the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with support from the University of Hawai‘i Chancellor’s Office, Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. Dr Epeli Hau‘ofa, founding director of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, and Dr Adrienne Kaeppler, dance ethnologist, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, will be the conference keynote speakers.

The conference features three evenings of performances and two days of panels, followed by a full day of performances by New Zealand Pacific community groups, who will perform throughout Te Papa. Panel topics include historical perspectives, choreography and movement, contexts of performance, music and rhythm, documenting the dance, and dance education. A dance notation workshop will be led by Jennifer Shennan (Victoria University of Wellington) and Judy Van Zile (University of Hawai‘i at
Mānoa). Suga Pop, noted hip hop artist with the Electric Boogaloos, will lead a popping and locking workshop; Neil Ieremia, CEO and founder of Black Grace Dance Company, will lead a modern dance workshop; and Te Papa will mount a dance costume exhibition.

The conference conveners are Katerina Teaiwa (UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies), April Henderson (Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington), and Sean Mallon (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa). For general enquiries, please contact Teaiwa, at, or Henderson, at For enquiries on documenting the dance and the associated exhibition, contact convener Sean Mallon at The conference website is Registration will begin in late May.


The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco has confirmed that it will receive a very important collection of Oceanic art that was acquired over the last 40 years by John and Marcia Friede. Three hundred and fifty of the Friede collection’s 3,000 objects from New Guinea will go on view when the museum reopens in October 2005. Eric Kjellgren, an associate curator specializing in Oceanic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art told the New York Times that the Friede collection was the “best collection of this [kind of] art in private hands.” Other museums with substantial holdings of Oceanic art include the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Friede collection ranges from an ancient stone sculpture of a bird to a shield painted in the 1960s with the comic book character the Phantom. Most of the works are classic ceremonial and domestic objects of superlative quality. The museum will display the collection in its own 5,000-square-foot permanent gallery and will copublish a two-volume catalog of the collection written by Mr Friede and other art historians.

NZ eases the way for Inter-national PhD students

The New Zealand Ministry of Education has announced a significant change to the tuition fees regime for international PhD students. Beginning 1 January 2006, any new international PhD student will be accorded domestic status for purposes of tuition fees.  At the same time, the Ministry of Immigration has announced several changes to immigration policy that will make it easier for international students to work and study in New Zealand. Among the changes:

·       International students will be able to apply to work for up to 20 hours a week during the term, instead of the current 15 hours

·       Anyone undertaking a course of 12 months or more will be able to apply to work fulltime over the summer holidays

·       A partner of a student studying in an area of absolute skill shortage, or a partner of a postgraduate student, will be able to apply for an open work permit, valid for the duration of the student’s course of study.

Also related to international PhD students, the prime minister has announced details of the government’s New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship scheme for 2006 incoming students.  The number of scholarships offered will double, from 20 in 2005 to 40 in 2006.

The Contemporary Pacific Online at Project Muse

The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs is available, in full text, online at Project Muse, for subscribing institutions. Faculty and students at these institutions have access to articles in journals from their campus addresses. Other Pacific journals online at Project Muse are Oceanic Linguistics, Asian Perspectives, Oceanic Linguistics, Ka Ho‘oilina/The Legacy, and Pacific Science. Over 1,100 institutions subscribe to Project Muse, including UH Mānoa, ANU, University of Auckland, Victoria Institute of Technology, Monash University, University of Otago, Brigham Young University–Provo, New York University, UCLA, and University of Michigan.

Readers can search the Muse database by author, title, article text, journal name, and Library of Congress subject. A search on “Smoa” in journal titles, for example, returned entries in the journals The Contemporary Pacific, Pacific Science, Nepantla: Views from the South, and American Quarterly. Muse is also useful as a way to identify articles within a journal. A search on “Pacific diaspora” in the text of articles identified six articles in The Contemporary Pacific that discuss the Pacific diaspora. For more information on subscribing institutions and participating journals see the website at


Cassandra Pybus, Australian Research Council Chair in History at the University of Tasmania, gave a talk titled “Black Refugees of the American Revolution: Chesapeake Bay to Botany Bay, Yorktown to Freetown” on 20 January 2005. The talk traced the paths of two slaves from Virginia through two bizarre colonial experiments, the Province of Freedom in Sierra Leone and the penal settlement of Botany Bay on the east coast of Australia.

Matthew Tomlinson, visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Bowdoin College, gave a talk titled “Kava Drinking and the End of the World” on 20 January 2005 in a Department of Anthropology colloquium. Tomlinson argued that evening kava-drinking sessions are key sites in which people come to understand and feel that Fijian society has lost power.

Tricia Allen, tattoo artist and researcher, gave a lecture, “Tattoo Traditions of the Marquesas Islands,” on 20 January 2005 as part of the Mission Houses Museum’s Body Language Lecture Series. Allen discussed the motifs of Marquesan tattoo art and how the art was an integral part of the complex social system of the Marquesas.

“Search for the Good Life: Samoan International Migration” was the title of Unasa L F Va‘a’s Department of Anthropology colloquium on 27 January 2005. Va‘a, who is an associate professor of Samoan studies at the National University of Sāmoa, discussed patterns of Samoan migration to, and assimilation in, New Zealand.

Jerome Feldman, professor of art and art history at Hawai‘i Pacific University, gave the concluding lecture in the Mission Houses Museum’s Body Language Lecture Series on 27 January 2005. In “Art and the Body in Oceania,” Feldman explored a range of possible cultural relationships between the Marquesas and the islands of Micronesia and discussed body art as an expression of tradition and identity.

CPIS 2005 Visiting Distinguished Artist Rosanna Raymond—performance poet, writer, artist, and costume designer—gave two presentations during her residency. On 8 February 2005, she gave a noon-time talk on the process of creating Pacific-inspired art in London, “Beaten, Twisted, Flowing: Creating in the Diaspora.” Her evening performance, on 10 February, “Warm Breezes and Soft Touches,” used words and images to create a series of landscapes and moods that evoked the diasporic experience.

Michael Poltorak, a postdoctoral fellow at Brunel University, London, England, gave a talk titled “Nemesis, Agency, and Love: ‘Mis’representing Mental Illness in Vava‘u, Tonga” in the 10 February 2005 Department of Anthropology colloquium. By looking at local explanations of, and attitudes toward, mental illness in Vava‘u, Poltorak explored the need for a more inclusive and accessible ethnography that engages the representation of mental health and the implications for mental health policy locally and regionally.

“Roots and Routes toward Diasporic Polynesian Filmmaking” was the title of Michelle Kamakanoenoe Tupou’s talk on 16 February 2005. Tupou, a CPIS alumna (MA 2000), is a doctoral student in the Film, Television, and Media Studies Department at the University of Auckland. Tupou examined films whose directors and writers have relocated from their homelands, in order to better understand filmmaking in the Polynesian diaspora.

On 2 March 2005 CPIS assistant professor Katerina Martina Teaiwa gave a talk titled “In Between Our Islands: Tentative Thoughts on Theory and Method for Pacific Studies” as part of the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program Speaker Series. Teaiwa looked at current issues facing Pacific studies scholars and argued for an ethnography that attends to the multiple ways in which the spaces in between our literal and figurative islands may be imagined and then connected as pathways toward a truly regional and possibly collaborative field of study.

Steven Pollard, an economist with the Asian Development Bank, gave a talk on 9 March 2005 titled “Hardship and Poverty in the Pacific: A View from the ADB.” Pollard reviewed Asian Development Bank research and figures assessing poverty and hardship in the Islands and discussed the bank’s suggested remedies.


Among the visitors to the center during the period January through March 2005 were

·       Marcellus Akipito, Student Coordinator, Chuuk Campus, College of Micronesia–FSM

·       Robert Andreas, Assistant Professor of Languages and Literatures, College of Micronesia–FSM

·       Glenn Banks, Australian Defense Force Academy, University of New South Wales

·       Paula Creech, Micronesian Program Coordinator, National Park Service, United States Department of        the Interior

·       Greg Dvorak, Anthropology and Gender Relations, Australian National University

·       Richard Herr, Department of Political Science, University of Tasmania

·       Edvard Hviding, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen

·       Margaret Jolly, Convener, Gender Relations Project, Australian National University

·       Susanne Kuehling, Institute for Ethnology, University of Heidelberg

·       Ake Lianga, Artist, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

·       Vicki Lukere, Visiting Fellow in the State, Society and Governance Program in Melanesia, Australian    National University

·       ‘Okusitino Mahina, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland

·       Joakim Peter, Director, Chuuk Campus, College of Micronesia–FSM

·       Cassandra Pybus, Australian Research Council Chair in History, University of Tasmania

·       D J Roller, Cinematographer and Producer, Liquid Films

·       Tina Stege, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Washington DC

·       Teresia Teaiwa, Pacific Studies Program, Victoria University of Wellington

·       Michelle Tupou, Department of Film, Television, and Media Studies, University of Auckland

·       Robert Underwood, University of Guam

·       Unasa Leulu Felise Va‘a, Samoan Studies Program, National University of Sāmoa

·       Jonathan Wickham, Producer and Writer, Zoe TV


Congratulations to Albert Wendt, Citizens’ Chair in English and acclaimed novelist, poet, and educator, who will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature, in May 2005, by his alma mater, Victoria University of Wellington. The announcement noted that Wendt, through his creative and critical writing, is responsible for “exploding outdated representations of the Pacific. His writing is deeply rooted in the heritage and everyday life of people from Sāmoa and the Pacific, but it also reflects the experience of individuals everywhere.” His latest novel, The Mango’s Kiss, was nominated for the prestigious Dublin Literary Award. His other works have won numerous awards.

The annual Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) meeting on Kaua‘i in February engaged a number of CPIS faculty, students, and friends. Jane Barnwell and Dore Minatodani, of Hamilton Library’s Pacific and Hawaiian Collections, respectively, chaired a session, “Web Sites: Archiving Strategies and Issues.” It drew an audience of international experience and expertise that looked at needs and opportunities related to the preservation of websites and materials. Ty Kāwika Tengan (with Tēvita O Ka‘ili of University of Washington) organized a well-attended session, “Indigenous Anthropology in/of Oceania.”

Also at the meeting, Alan Howard and Jan Rensel (with Dorothy and David Counts of Okanagan Community College, British Columbia) headed a session titled “Publishing for Pacific Island Communities,” and Heather Young Leslie (Department of Anthropology) chaired the session “Polynesian Modernities.” Vilsoni Hereniko presented and discussed his film The Land Has Eyes and served as discussant for the two-day symposium, “The New Voyagers: Pacific Artists in the Global Art World” (organized by Pamela Rosi of Bridgewater State College and Eric Kjellgren of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Albert Wendt, Citizen’s Chair at the UHM Department of English, gave the 2005 ASAO Distinguished Lecture.

Jan Rensel was appropriately feted at the ASAO meeting as she stepped down after 11 years of service as an officer of the association, including overlapping terms as newsletter editor (1994–2002) and secretary-treasurer (1996–2005). ASAO Board Chair Rick Feinberg expressed the group’s appreciation for the “talent, energy, human compassion, and attention to detail” that Jan brought to all the work she did on behalf of ASAO and its members.

Vilsoni Hereniko’s film The Land Has Eyes has been selected to screen at the Commonwealth Film Festival (Manchester, England), and the Pacific Rim Film Festival (Santa Cruz) where it will be the opening film. Eyes will also be one of the opening films at the Maui International Film Festival in mid-June 2005. Eyes and Hereniko have been invited to New York and Washington DC, where from 14–23 May, the Museum of Modern Art and the University of New York (both in New York), and the National Museum of the American Indian (in Washington), are also holding an exhibition of outstanding films made by first-time directors, titled First Nations/First Features. In early May 2005, Hereniko will be a guest of the Freiburger Film Festival (Germany) where he will conduct a daylong workshop on representations of Pacific Islanders in film. For more information on Eyes at festival screenings or commercial theaters, see

Hereniko will be on sabbatical from 1 August 2005 to 31 July 2006. During this time, he will be writing a book on indigenous film and his second screenplay. In the summer of 2005, he will be a fellow at Cambridge University, England.

A nine-page entry on Oceanian diasporas by David Chappell (Department of History) just came out in the new Encyclopedia of Diasporas, published by Kluwer. Chappell’s article, “Le Reveil Kanak: Les Intellectuels AntiColonialistes Re-Inventent la Nation, 1966–76” (The Kanak Awakening: Anti-Colonial Intellectuals Re-Invent the Nation), on the radical nationalist movement Kanaky New Caledonia in the 1970s, is coming out soon in the proceedings of the 2004 PHA conference in Noumea. He will spend the summer break completing a draft of his book on the same subject.

Congratulations to Haunani-Kay Trask (Center for Hawaiian Studies) on the success of her new book, with Ed Greevy, Ku‘e: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawai‘i. (See Publications)

An article by Andrew Arno (Department of Anthropology), “Cobo and Tabua in Fiji: Two Forms of Cultural Currency in an Economy of Sentiment,” was published in the February 2005 issue of American Ethnologist (32, 1).

Will McClatchey (Department of Botany) is currently conducting ethnobotanical research in Madagascar and will be taking a sabbatical leave from UH to serve as a Fulbright fellow in Thailand from July 2005 through June 2006. He will be working in the Khon Kaen University School of Pharmacy, studying traditional medicine among ethnic minorities in the Issan region of Thailand.

In May, Terry Hunt (Department of Anthropology) will lead 33 students from UH and universities on the US continent on a UHM summer abroad program on the sailing ship Aranui. The group will sail from Tahiti to the Tuamotus and Marquesas as part of two courses—Hawaiian Archaeology and Pacific Island Archaeology. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is providing support for the program through its US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant. Details of the trip are online at In June, Hunt will be returning to Rapa Nui with 22 students, as part of his ongoing archaeological project there.

There is an interview with Robert Sullivan (Department of English) about his poetry, in the January 2005 Pacific Rim Voices online newsletter, The WaterBridge Review, at Sullivan served again this year as a judge for the Kiriyama Prize for fiction. The Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, which promotes books that will contribute to greater understanding and cooperation among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia, was won by New Zealand author Patricia Grace in 2001 for Dogside Story.

Jon Van Dyke (UH Richardson School of Law) was keynote speaker at the Chapman School of Law’s Accountability for Human Rights Abuses Inaugural Conference on 24 February 2005. His article “Regionalism, Fisheries and Environmental Challenges in the Pacific” will be published by the San Diego International Law Journal.

Jane Moulin (Department of Music) authored “Cueing Up: Situating Power on the Tahitian Stage” in the Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Heather Young Leslie (Department of Anthropology) was awarded a grant-in-aid of $3,000 from the Rockefeller Archive Center to conduct research in New York on correspondence between the Rockefeller Foundation and government officials in Tonga and Fiji between 1920 and 1960, regarding the foundation’s health promotion activities in the Pacific and the attempt to establish and fund a medical school for Pacific Islanders—the precursor to the Fiji School of Medicine.


Eric Kjellgren
Eric Kjellgren (Photo courtesy of UHM Colleges of Arts and Sciences)

UH Alumnus Eric Kjellgren (Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies) was featured in the spring 2005 issue of Ke Kumu ‘Ike, the newsletter of the UH Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Kjellgren is the Evelyn A J Hall and John A Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. His latest exhibition, “Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands,” will open 10 May 2005 and run through 16 January 2006 (see Bulletin Board). Featuring works from the Metropolitan and other collections, the exhibition will explore how the great diversity of art forms of the Marquesas captured and enhanced the central themes of secular and religious life. For more information, see the website at


The latest issue of the center’s journal, The Contemporary Pacific, is now available. Contents:



Precarious Positions: Native Hawaiians and US Federal Recognition

            J Kēhaulani Kauanui

He Lei Ho‘oheno no nā Kau a Kau: Language, Performance, and Form in Hawaiian Poetry

            Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui

Tauhi vā: Nurturing Tongan Sociospatial Ties in Maui and Beyond

            Tēvita O Ka‘ili


Governance, Corruption, and Ethics in the South Pacific

            Elise Huffer

A Conversation with Mililani Trask

            Noe Noe Wong-Wilson

political reviews

Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004

Kelly G Marsh, Samuel F McPhetres, Donald R Shuster

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004

Fr(c)d(c)ric Angleviel, David Chappell, Tracie Ku‘uipo Cummings Losch, Jon Tikivanotau M Jonassen, Margaret Mutu

book and media reviews.

 The issue’s featured artist is Meleanna Aluli Meyer, a Native Hawaiian freelance visual artist and arts educator. The paintings in the series featured in The Contemporary Pacific were inspired by oli (chant). Issues of spirituality, relationship, identity, sovereignty, and love of the land are woven within these pieces. The recipient of numerous awards, Meyer has exhibited her work and films throughout Hawai‘i; on the continent in New York, Tennessee, California, Illinois, and Washington DC; and abroad in Japan, Germany, France, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia.

The journal’s cover, featuring two works by Meyer, can be seen on the Web at Political reviews are online at Book and media reviews are online at


Available from UH Press

The Wind Gourd of La‘amaomao, by Moses K Nakuina, translated by Esther T Mookini and Sarah Nākoa, is part of a growing body of important Hawaiian literature translated into English. 2005, 144 pages. ISBN 0-9709597-4-5, paper, US$10.00. Distributed for Kalamaku Press.

The Unseen City: Anthropological Perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, by Michael Goddard, senior lecturer in anthropology in the School of Humanities, University of Newcastle, Australia, examines the urban environment of a city “unseen not only by the casual visitor but by those residents affluent enough to dwell behind high walls topped with razor wire.”  Published by Pandanus Books and distributed in North America by UH Press. 2005, 240 pages. ISBN 1-74076-134-0, paper, US$28.00.

Also distributed for Pandanus Books:

·       Bamahuta: Leaving Papua New Guinea, by Philip Fitzpatrick, a former kiap (patrol officer) in PNG, is an account of the pre-independence years of 1967 to 1973. “Capturing nostalgia for the past and uncertainty about the future, this is a story about growing up and moving on.” 2005, 200 pages. ISBN 1-74076-136-7, paper, US$28.00.

·       Rotuma: Custom, Practice and Change, by Aubrey L Parke. Parke, who was a district officer in Rotuma in the 1960s, discusses issues of land tenure and the conflict between traditional customs and imported practices. 2004, 166 pages. ISBN 1-74076-024-7, paper, US$28.00.

·       As Mothers of the Land: The Birth of Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom, edited by Josephine Tanjunani Sirivi and Marilyn Taleo Havini, tells the story of the Bougainville crisis and the peace process that followed, through the personal accounts of Bougainville who took part in the process. 2004, 212 pages. ISBN 1-74076-043-3, paper, US$50.00.

·       Transit of Venus, by Rowan Metcalfe, is a novel that tells the story of the mutiny on the Bounty from the perspective of the Tahitian women who joined the Bounty mutineers. 2004, 290 pages. ISBN 1-74076-144-8, paper, US$22.00.

·       The Lost Tribe, by Jane Downing, is a novel that links present-day Marianne with her adventurous ancestor Mary Anne Clarissa Purcell, whose background may have included the discovery of a lost tribe. 2005, 272 pages. ISBN 1-74076-114-6, paper, US$24.00.

UH Press books can be ordered through the Orders Department, University of Hawai‘i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888; website

Other Publications

Ku‘e: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawai‘i, by Haunani-Kay Trask, with photographs by Ed Greevy, documents the social and political events that were part of eviction struggles and the development of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement from 1971 to the present. Greevy portrays the unsung heroes, while Trask describes the many events, from Save the Surf to Stop H-3 Freeway. Published by Mutual Publishing. 2004, 128 pages. ISBN 1566476941, cloth, US$36.95.

Ro Teimumu—A Fijian Princess is one of a growing number of biographies of accomplished Pacific Islanders with interesting life stories. Fiji Education Minister Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa, born of high rank, taught for many years in primary schools. Published by Mak Heritage and available through the University of the South Pacific Book Centre, <>. 2003, 117 pages. ISBN 2770000008655, cloth, US$30.00.

Also available from the USP Book Centre:

·       Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics and Education, by David Robie, argues that “journalists need to be provided with critical studies, ethical and contextual knowledge matching technical skills to be effective communicators and political mediators with the Pacific’s new regionalism.” Published by the USP Book Centre. 2004, 306 pages. ISBN 9820105846, paper, US$20.00.

·       Happy Isles in Crisis, by Clive Moore, traces the historical roots of the current crisis in Solomon Islands. Published by the Asia Pacific School of Economics & Government, ANU. 2004, 253 pages. ISBN 0731537092, paper, US$30.00.

·       Violence of Indenture in Fiji, by Vijay Naidu, reviews the history of violence and injustice that Indo-Fijians have suffered throughout their years in Fiji. Published by the Fiji Institute of Applied Studies. 2004, 102 pages. ISBN 9823010242, paper, US$12.00.

·       Tears in Paradise: A Personal & Historical Journey 1879–2004, by Rajendra Prasad, recounts the past 125 years of the Indo-Fijian experience in Fiji. Published by Glade Publishers. 2004, 293 pages. ISBN 0476006309, paper, US$25.00.

·       Akono‘anga Maori: Cook Islands Culture, by Ron Crocombe and Marjorie Tua‘inekore Crocombe, “views key elements of Cook Islands culture from within, as it is, as it was, and as it may become.” Published by Institute of Pacific Studies, USP. 2003, 370 pages. ISBN 9820203481, cloth, US$20.00.

Tattoo: An Anthropology, by Makiko Kuwuhara, documents the meaning of tattooing in contemporary French Polynesian society. Published by Berg. 2005, 288 pages. ISBN 1-84520-154-X, cloth, US$79.95; ISBN 1-84520-155-8, paper, US$28.95.

Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific, by Matt K Matsuda, an associate professor of history at Rutgers University, explores the constitution of a “French Polynesia” through the eyes of Tahitian monarchs, Kanak warriors, French politicos and prisoners, and others. Matsuda argues that French imperialism in the Pacific was registered most forcefully in languages of desire and love and political affinities. Published by Oxford University Press. 2005, 240 pages. ISBN 0195162951, paper, US$21.95.

The Last Heathen: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia, by journalist Charles Montgomery, part travelogue and part family history, is Montgomery’s revisiting of the journey of his great-grandfather, a Victorian-era bishop from Tasmania, through Melanesia. The book won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, a Canadian literature award. Published by Douglas & McIntyre. 2004, 314 pages. ISBN 1553650727, paper, US$24.95.

Kiladi oro vivineidi ria tingitonga pa idereoro pa goanna pa Marovo/Reef and Rainforest: An Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands, by Edvard Hviding, professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, is a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of the local knowledge of the coral reef and rainforest environments of Marovo Lagoon. It is in Marovo and English and is the first publication in UNESCO’s Knowledges of Nature Series. The book is not for sale, but is distributed free of charge by UNESCO. See the website at

Journals and Newsletters

The latest issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society, volume 113:4, includes articles on the chronology of mountain settlements in Tutuila, American Sāmoa, and vanishing artefacts of the South Seas, as well as book reviews, an item on Lapita, and remarks made at the launching of the new edition of the catalogues of the W O Oldman collections of Māori and Polynesian artifacts.

The latest issue of the Radboud University Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies Oceania Newsletter (March 2005) is posted at It has a particularly comprehensive list of new books and recent publications.

Films and Videos

Betelnut Bisnis (2004, 52 minutes), directed by well-known documentary filmmaker Chris Owen, tells the story of his highland Papua New Guinea neighbors in Goroka, Lukas Kaima and his wife Kopu. It is the story of the Kaimas making a go at their betelnut trade business, traveling in between the highlands and the coast. The film is said to provide “a vivid portrait of present-day life in Papua New Guinea.” Owen has served as director of the National Film Institute of Papua New Guinea and has trained a team of Papua New Guinea filmmakers, some of whom contributed to Betelnut Bisnis. The film, which was produced by Andrew Pike, won Best Documentary at the ACT Film Awards 2004. Available from Filmakers Library for US$350 and Ronin Films (see website at <> for pricing structure). A study guide can be downloaded at

KORIAM’S LAW … and the dead who govern (2005, 110 minutes), a feature documentary by Gary Kildea and Andrea Simon, set in Jacquinot Bay in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province, takes its beginning from a lively dialogue between Australian anthropologist Andrew Lattas and philosopher-informant Peter Avarea of Matong village, Pomio, Papua New Guinea. The cultural phenomenon at issue is the Melanesian “cargo cult.” The Pomio Kivung Movement was founded in 1964, by Koriam, a local leader. Koriam’s central question was how to find a way back from the original ancestral fault that put his people in a subjugated state. Koriam’s Law concerns itself with the contemporary works and understandings of the Pomio Kivung.  Its leaders are keen to show that the movement has nothing to do with “waiting for cargo.”  Rather, its mission is to prepare the way for the coming “change” and, at the same time, to organize for a better society in the here and now. The film, which is a coproduction of the ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies and Arcadia Pictures, will be available soon in DVD and other formats. Inquiries may be directed to Gary Kildea at

Bougainville Sky (2005, 75 minutes), by Canberra filmmaker Nick Agafonoff and featuring singer-songwriter Fred Smith, is “a film about Bougainville’s transition from bitter civil war to peace, and about the music and the people who helped it happen.” The film was shot when Agafonoff and Smith traveled together during the final three weeks of the international peace monitoring group’s operation. (No distributor listed.)

Dances of Life (2005, 57 minutes), by Catherine Tatge and Shane Palusi Seggar, is a new documentary on dance in the Pacific Islands, featuring the dance and chants of five Islands—Aotearoa New Zealand, New Caledonia, Palau, American Sāmoa, and Guam. Interviews with dance and cultural leaders explore dance as an expression of Islanders’ origins, journeys, and struggles. Dances of Life, which is a co-production of Pacific Islanders in Communications and International Cultural Programming, in association with KQED Public Television, will premiere nationally on PBS on 12 May 2005. A program website will launch on 1 May at PBS Home Video at will distribute the video, and educational use will be handled by Pacific Islanders in Communications at


Veivosaki, a collaboration between Calvin Rore and Suliasi Tuilawalawa, marks a milestone in Pacific regional music production with its successful fusion of two musical traditions, Fijian and Solomon Islands. The CD was produced in the recording studio of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific. For information, contact the centre at


Weaving Languages and Culture Together

The twelfth annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (SILS), “Weaving Languages and Culture Together,” will be held 2–5 June 2005 at the University of Victoria and the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School in Victoria, BC, Canada. Information about the conference is available on the website at

Reconciling Academic Priiorities with Indigenous Realities

The Indigenous Knowledges Conference 2005, “Reconciling Academic Priorities with Indigenous Realities,” will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, 22–25 June 2005. Following the Māori proverb “Ahakoa iti, he pounamu” (Although small, it is greenstone), the conference will provide a forum for both established and emerging
Māori and other indigenous academics to map disciplinary and intellectual discourses from an indigenous perspective. The e-mail contact is The website is

The Meanings and Values of Repatriation

“The Meanings and Values of Repatriation: A Multidisciplinary Conference” will be held 8–10 July 2005 at the Australian National University. The conference is an opportunity to bring together museum personnel and researchers who have been involved with repatriation, and indigenous community representatives and knowledge custodians charged with the responsibility of reclaiming remains and culturally significant items, in order to assess what has been right and what has gone wrong in the process of repatriation. Contacts for the conference are Paul Turnbull (Griffith University) at and Celia Bridgewater (ANU Centre for Cross-Cultural Research), by telephone, at 61-02-6125-3779.

Oceanic Explorations

“Oceanic Explorations,” a conference dedicated to archaeology, biological anthropology, and related disciplines in the study of western Pacific settlement, will be held in Nuku‘alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, 1–7 August 2005. The conference is sponsored by the Tongan Traditions Committee and the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. For information, contact David Burley, Archaeology Department, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6 Canada; fax 604-291-5666; e-mail

Pacific Woen: Indigenous and Diasporic

The fifteenth annual conference of the Women’s Studies Program, Southern Connecticut State University, “Asian & Pacific Women: Indigenous and Diasporic,” will be held at Southern Connecticut State University, 28–29 October 2005. The conveners hope to explore the complex relationships between indigenous and diasporic populations. The conference committee invites academics, feminists, and activists from all disciplines, institutions, and organizations to submit proposals by 5 June 2005. Proposals can be e-mailed to, with attention to conference committee, or sent to Women’s Studies Conference Committee, Women Studies Program, EN B 229, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515. 

Moving Masculinities

“Moving Masculinities: Crossing Regional and Historical Borders” will be held at the Australian National University, 30 November–2 December 2005. The conference aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue on masculinities across regional borders and historical epochs, attempting to describe, understand, and explain their diverse and changing forms, with particular reference to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the Pacific. “Moving Masculinities” is sponsored by the Gender Relations Centre in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and the Faculties of Arts and Asian Studies. Abstracts for proposed papers can be submitted to or until 30 April 2005. For more information, see the website at

Vaka Vuku: Navigating Knowledges

“Vaka Vuku: Navigating Knowledges; Pacific Epistemologies Conference” will be held 3–7 July 2006 at the University of the South Pacific. Papers are expected to cover all disciplines associated with Pacific knowledge and ways of learning and the dissemination of this knowledge. The subjects include humor and emotion, health and morality, death and life (hereafter), reconciliation and justice, oceans and islands, aesthetics and art, orality and learning, space and time, reciprocity and contract, and residence and identity. Abstracts of about 250 words for proposed papers of 20-minute duration should be e-mailed to Larry Thomas, USP Department of Literature and Language,, by 30 November 2005.

Participation in the conference is open to anyone writing and researching the Pacific. Pacific Island scholars are especially invited to attend and take part. As part of the conference and running concurrently there will be a Pacific film, artists, and writers festival.

Conferences Announced in Previous Newsletters

·        “Narrating Colonial Encounters: Germany in the Pacific Islands,” will be held 19–21 May 2005 at the University of Washington. For information, contact Miriam Kahn at

·       The 20th International Congress for the Historical Sciences will be held in Sydney, Australia, at the University of New South Wales, 3–9 July 2005. The website is www.cosjwudmew2005/org.

·       NB: The Tongan History Association (THA) conference dates and venue have been changed. The conference will be held at Graduate House, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, from 14–16 July 2005. Further details are available on the association’s website at

·       The sixth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), “Pacific Challenges: Questioning Concepts, Rethinking Conflicts,” will be held in Marseilles, France, 6–8 July 2005. For information, see the website at

·       “Pacific Diasporas: People, Art, and Ideas on the Move,” the eighth international symposium of the Pacific Arts Association (PAA), will be held 19–23 July 2005 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. See the PAA website at


ICSPI Researcher and Scholar Awards

The International Council for the Study of the Pacific Islands (ICSPI), a UNESCO group, gives two awards every two years, to coincide with the biennial council meetings: the Pacific Islands’ Emerging Researcher of the Year and the Pacific Island’s Distinguished Scholar of the Year. Scholars and researchers are nominated by current members of ICSPI. Any one employed by an ICSPI member organization is considered to be a member of ICSPI. The nomination deadline is 1 September 2005. Nomination forms may be requested by e-mail from The ICSPI website is The winners will each receive a medal and a US$500 prize.

Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands

The exhibition “Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas,” curated by Associate Curator for Oceanic Art Eric Kjellgren, will open 10 May 2005 and run through 16 January 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The Marquesas were home to one of the Pacific’s most accomplished traditions of sculpture and decorative art—art that encompassed virtually every aspect of sacred and secular life. It also comprised an astonishing diversity of forms, from works in wood and stone to elaborate tattooing. The exhibition will features works from the Metropolitan and other museums and private collections and will be accompanied by a publication. For information, see the website at

Ethnobotany Research and Applications

Ethnobotany Research and Applications, an electronic, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current ethnobotanical research, seeks manuscripts that are novel, integrative, and written in ways that are accessible to a wide audience.  The journal is also interested in publishing original research in underrepresented indigenous languages that often do not have a public forum for publication and distribution. The editor-in-chief is Will C McClatchey, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For information, see the website at

Fulbright NZ Awards to US Graduate Students

US graduate students interested in studying or researching in New Zealand may apply for awards, up to ten of which are offered for a period of twelve months. Fulbright New Zealand particularly welcomes applications that emphasize New Zealand studies or have a comparative element with the United States. For further information see Applications close 25 October 2005.

2005 Freiburger Film Forum

This year’s Freiburger Film Forum will be held 2–7 May 2005 in Freiburg, Germany. The forum brings together filmmakers and anthropologists, students and professionals, to view and discuss ethnographically relevant films (documentary and fiction). For more information, see the website at In addition to the workshop, “Beyond Beaches and Beauty: Projection and Representation in Films of the South Seas,” there will be films from Oceania, including Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age (1926, Robert Flaherty), The Land Has Eyes (2004, Vilsoni Hereniko), O Tamaiti (1996, Sima Urale), Two Cars, One Night (2003, Taiki Waititi), Paradise Bent: Boys Will Be Girls in Sāmoa (1999, Heather Croall), Le Ciel dans un Jardin (2004, St(c)phane Breton), Koriam’s Law (2005, Gary Kildea and Andrea Simon), and Trobriand Cricket (1979, Gary Kildea and Jerry Leach).

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