Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter

No. 3. July-September 1997


Featuring Paradise: Begins November 11
"Moving Cultures" Project Gets Underway
News in Brief
Visiting Scholars
Call for Films: Fifth Annual Pacific Island Images Festival
Teaching: The New Pacific Workshop
Center Visitors
Staff and Faculty Activities
Student and Alumni News
Occasional Seminars
New Publications and Resources
Bulletin Board


"Featuring Paradise: Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video," the center's 1997 conference, will be held in Honolulu, 11-13 November. Filmmakers, film commentators, and the general public will convene to critique moving images of Pacific Islanders in Hollywood productions, television dramas, and features and documentaries produced by indigenous Islanders. The conference is held in conjunction with, and is cosponsored by, the Hawai'i International Film Festival, which runs from 7-14 November. The program includes film screenings as well as panels on the Pacific as paradise, concepts of race, gender, and the portrayal of histories. Barry BARCLAY, a filmmaker well-known for his feature films Ngati and Te Rua, and for his struggle for Maori image sovereignty will be the keynote speaker. Several films will have their US premiere during the conference including Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia, with filmmaker Vicente DIAZ in person. Vilsoni HERENIKO is the conference convener. Additional cosponsors for the conference are the East-West Center and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. For information, contact Tisha HICKSON at the address on the masthead.


Earlier this year UH received funding from the Ford Foundation for a research and instructional project called "Moving Cultures: Remaking Asia-Pacific Studies." More than 200 US universities and colleges applied for the Ford initiative, and UH was one of 30 to receive an award. The project is a collaborative venture with East-West Center, Palau Community College, University of Guam, and University of Auckland.

"Moving Cultures" aims to reconfigure dominant conceptions of Asia-Pacific by focusing on two of the most significant transnational flows in the region: foreign workers and tourists. The initial research will examine these flows as they converge with local forces in Palau, whose population of 17,000 hosts 6,000 contract workers from the Philippines and 44,000 tourists a year from Japan and Taiwan. Specialists on Palau, the Philippines, Japan, and Taiwan will meet together in Palau in November to plan the research agenda, which will explore economic, social, and cultural aspects of the situation. An instructional team consisting of classroom teachers from participating institutions will produce teaching modules related to the general theme of Asia in the Pacific that can be used in undergraduate classes. For more information visit the Moving Cultures website, or email codirectors Terence WESLEY-SMITH (CPIS) at or Geoffrey WHITE (EWC) at



The PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT Internet site, which has received accolades from users in academia, business, and government and nongovernment organizations, has a new, permanent address: Eight to twelve stories a day from local reports, PACNEWS, and other regional sources are filed Monday through Friday by Al HULSEN and Pacific Islands interns. The site also contains the full text of selected documents, such as a background report on the Japan-Pacific Islands Summit in Tokyo, 13-14 October and the NGO Parallel Forum Communique.

Pacific Island Scholarships at EWC

A grant of $396,000 has been awarded to the East-West Center by the United States Information Agency to fund additional students in the center's South Pacific Islands Scholarship Program. The program was established in 1994 at the request of the US Congress to ensure that a select group of students, who are expected to assume leadership roles in their countries, have an opportunity to pursue higher education in the United States. Eligible are individuals from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Samoa (Western Samoa).

The scholarships are for either baccalaureate or graduate study. Through this year, the program has accepted sixteen students. For information, contact the East-West Center, Pacific Islands Development Program, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848.

New Centre for Pacific Studies at James Cook

James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, has established a new Centre for Pacific Studies under the directorship of Professor Andrew J STRATHERN. The center replaces the former Centre for Melanesian Studies. The center has a broad regional focus and a strong interest in establishing links and collaborating with other centers and institutes of Pacific studies.

Major interests of the center, which is a part of the School of Anthropology and Archaeology, include cultural and social anthropology, archaeology and prehistory, languages studies, aesthetic forms of expression, human population studies, and heritage management. James Cook University has recently introduced a Master of Cultural Heritage Studies. The center's newsletter lists its publications. For more information, contact the director at Centre for Pacific Studies, School of Anthropology and Archaeology, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville 4811, Australia.

There is no web site yet, but you might keep checking the Teaching and Research index, or Departments. The new center is listed there but has no web site. When a site is put up it should show up in either or both of these two places.

Award for UH Student Project in American Samoa

The AICP 1997 Student Project Award from the American Institute of Certified Planners of the American Planning Association has been awarded to the students of Professor Luciano MINERBI's Department of Urban and Regional Planning graduate practicum. Twelve students worked with American Samoa planners to produce the report "American Samoa Coast Management Program: A Case Study on Alternative Management Strategies, June 1996." The project, which was partly funded by the UH Sea Grant College Program, was assisted by CPIS faculty member Mike HAMNETT.

This year, eight urban and regional planning students of Professor Minerbi, working with American Samoa planner Herman TUIOLOSEGA, have produced two reports: "American Samoa Village Planning Workshop, March 26-27" and "American Samoa Village Planning Workbook." The focus is on a culturally based planning process.


The UH Art Department been awarded a Community Scholar Grant to bring 'Imaikalani KALAHELE to campus for the fall semester.

Mr Kalahele is one of the few artists who from the 1970s have identified themselves as Native Hawaiian artists. He has dedicated his life to the empowerment of Hawaiian and other marginalized people, and works toward this goal through his art, poetry, and teaching. Mr Kalahele organized with Soli Niheu and Puhipau the first Hawaiian sovereignty conference and has been a member of three influential Hawaiian artist organizations: Hale Naua III, Uhane Noa, and the Council of Hawaiian artists, the last of which he co-founded with Bob Freitas. Mr Kalahele has been exhibiting his drawings, paintings, and sculpture since 1974 and has had shows locally, nationally, and in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Samoa.

Mr Kalahele is available to participate in a variety of activities at the university, including lectures, discussions, and class visits. Interested UH faculty should let Gaye CHAN, Art Department, x65249, know if they would like Mr Kalahele to join any of their classes.

Professor Margaret JOLLY of the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies will be in residence at the UH Manoa campus during the spring 1998 semester as the John A Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair in History. Professor Jolly will lead a graduate seminar on gender and historical anthropology in the Pacific from 3-5 pm on Wednesdays and will offer a series of public lectures on engendering colonialism in the Pacific.

Professor Jolly has authored and edited eight books and numerous articles. Her most recent publication is a volume of essays, coedited by Lenore Manderson and published by the University of Chicago Press, titled Sites of Desire/Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities across Cultures in Asia and the Pacific. Professor Jolly is the convener of the Gender Relations Project at ANU. The John A Burns Distinguished Visiting Chair in History, established by the State Legislature, honors the memory of the former governor of Hawai'i and his special commitment to and passion for the study of history.


The fifth annual Pacific Island Images Film Festival, presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) will be held 1-11 April in Hawai'i. The festival is the only film event in the nation devoted exclusively to showcasing the work of indigenous Pacific Island filmmakers. Festival organizers are seeking full-length features, documentaries, and short subjects, produced, directed, or written by indigenous Pacific Islanders and relevant to Pacific Islands cultures. For an entry form and more information, contact the PIC office at 1221 Kapi'olani Blvd, Suite 6A-4, Honolulu, HI 96814; tel (808) 591-0059; fax (808) 591-1114; email The festival is cosponsored by the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies.


Forty participants from American and Pacific Island colleges and universities gathered at the East-West Center, 11-14 September, to discuss prospects for expanding Pacific studies in undergraduate teaching. Bringing together both scholars and administrators, the workshop was the first organizational meeting of the Pacific Studies Initiative, conceived as a network of institutions cooperating to develop ways of teaching about Pacific Islands cultures in college curricula. The Pacific Studies Initiative is jointly sponsored by the East-West Center, the UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and Kapi'olani Community College.

In addition to several campuses of the University of Hawai'i, participating institutions included: University of Auckland, University of Guam, Los Angeles Community College district, Los Angeles Harbor College, Palau Community College, Sacramento City College, San Francisco State University, Seattle Central Community College, University of the South Pacific, and Truman State University (Missouri). The workshop was supported by a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as contributions from participating institutions. In addition, a grant to the University of Hawai'i from the Ford Foundation's "Crossing Borders" initiative expanded the workshop agenda to include a planning session for the new project on Asia in the Pacific.

Future plans for the Pacific Studies Initiative include: further development of the PSI web site of syllabi, bibliographies, and other teaching resources (; information sharing and faculty exchange; and organization of a follow-up workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles, in September 1998. Information about the 1998 workshop may be obtained from the PSI codirectors: Geoffrey WHITE, EWC Program on Education and Training ( and Tisha HICKSON, UH Center for Pacific Islands Studies (at the address on the masthead).


John LEA, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Sydney, visited the center in June.

Faysal ABDEL-GADIR, of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited the center on 28 July to discuss possible joint research projects with the Pacific Islands Development Program, EWC, and the UNDP.

Roy H SMITH, codirector of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at Nottingham Trent University, and Chris MCMURRAY, Graduate Program in Demography, Australian National University, met with Robert C Kiste and Karen Peacock on 7 August to talk about population research they are pursuing in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

John H SULLIVAN, Vice President of Development Associates in Arlington, Virginia, visited the center on 24 September to discuss the work he is doing with the Federated States of Micronesia. He was formerly with the Agency for International Development.


Two faculty members joined with colleagues from the Pacific to organize sessions at the Eighth Pacific Science Intercongress, Suva, Fiji, 13-19 July 1997. Murray CHAPMAN (who directs the UHM population studies program) joined hands with Kesaia SENILOLI (USP population studies coordinator) to organize two and half days of papers on population and urbanization. Sessions focused on recent research by young island scholars (from Chuuk, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Samoa), who accounted for ten of the 21 papers presented. These included CPIS alumni Sa'iliemanu LILOMAIAVA-DOKTOR (MA 1993) and Joakim PETER (MA 1994); UHM alumni Yvonne UNDERHILL-SEM (MA geography) and Anne WORKMAN (PhD sociology); and current UHM doctoral student Asenati LIKI. Funding for island scholars was generously provided by the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), South Pacific, Suva.

Three keynote papers considered better governance in population matters (Margaret CHUNG, Fiji, UHM alumnus), dynamics of fertility change over the past two generations (Peter PIRIE, Hawai'i, former UH faculty); and implications of the postwar experience with urbanization (R Gerard WARD, ANU). In a final session on population and development, Gerald HABERKORN (New Caledonia) showed how inappropriate indices or calculations created demographic myths about island populations. Discussions, often by large audiences, were lively and at times contentious. Beyond the Pacific, metropolitan authors came from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan.

Nancy Davis LEWIS (geographer and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) joined with Leba Haolfaki MATAITINI (USP) and Titilia NAITINI (SPACHE) to organize a symposium on Women, Science and Development: From Indigenous Knowledge to New Information Technologies. Running alongside the symposium was a dynamic and highly visible Science and Technology Fair organized by ECOWOMAN, a network of Pacific women scientists and technologists. The symposium was a tremendous success, and the Pacific Science Association has offered to devote the winter issues of the Pacific Science Information Bulletin to the symposium sessions. Lewis and her coorganizers plan to continue their series of symposia at the Ninth Pacific Science Congress in Sydney in July 1999.

Faculty member in anthropology Ben FINNEY was one of three faculty to receive 1997 Regents' Medals for Excellence in Research. Finney was recognized for his research in three areas. His early work examined Pacific Islanders' response to the pressures and opportunities related to joining the world economic system. He also helped found the Polynesian Voyaging Society to reconstruct and test early canoes and navigation. This work resulted in revolutionized thinking about the exploration and colonization of Polynesia and contributed to a vigorous cultural renaissance among Hawaiians and other Polynesians. For his pioneering anthropo-logical approach to the implications of exploring, using, and eventually expanding into space, Finney has received medals from Russia's Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation, and the French University of the Pacific.

Faculty member in music Jane MOULIN was one of four Manoa faculty to receive 1997 Regents' Medals for Excellence in Teaching. Moulin, an ethno-musicologist, was recognized for her teaching in Polynesian music, ethnomusicology, music education, performance, and Polynesian dance. She also performs on the koto, the violin, and the viola da gamba, lectures on African music, and performs and conducts Renaissance music and French-Polynesian dance. Moulin's award cited her energy and empathy and her openness and accessibility to students.

Lynette FURUHASHI, Pacific specialist at UH Library, returned to work 1 October after a one-year sabbatical, during which she updated her Pacific Islands Dissertations and Theses from the University of Hawai'i, 1923-1996, published by CPIS as Occasional Paper 39 in fall 1996. Furuhashi worked on a collaborative project with UCSD librarian Kathy Creely, to publish a bibliography of bibliographies of Oceania, and made considerable progress in adding hundreds of citations to finalize the study.


Several CPIS students or former students also took part in the Pacific Science Intercongress in Fiji in July. Current student Katerina TEAIWA presented a paper on The Body Shop's use of indigenous products for the Women and Development symposium. Former student Sa'iliemanu LILOMAIAVA-DOKTOR (MA 1993) gave a paper on the transnational movement of Samoans for the Population and Urbanization session and Joakim PETER (MA 1994) presented a paper on Chuukese travelers for the same session. Christy HARRINGTON (MA 1994) gave a progress report on her doctoral research on the garment industry in Suva and Dunedin.

Current student Kealalokahi LOSCH has been elected President of the East-West Center Participants' Association.


Pio MANOA, writer and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, spoke on "The Burden of Literacy in the Pacific" on 30 September. Manoa outlined some of the differences between literacy and orality and made a strong case for paying attention, and giving importance, to the culture of orality. Manoa was in Hawai'i, courtesy of the Hawai'i Committee for the Humanities, to take part in the first annual Hawai'i Fall Celebration of Writers and Writing.


UH Press Publications

"The Art of Tonga" by Keith ST CARTMAIL, the first book published solely on Tongan art, documents the significance and widespread influence of a body of art that includes sculptures, breastplates and whalebone shields, clubs, bowls, and cloth. Paper, $30; ISBN 0-8248-1972-1.

"Where We Once Belonged" by Sia FIGIEL, winner of the 1996 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Published Book, Southeast Asia and South Pacific region, tells the story of a young girl in Samoa coming to terms with violence, womanhood, and her own personal search for identity. Distributed for Pasifika Press. Paper, $20; ISBN 0-908597-27-4.

"Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific", edited by Jan RENSEL and Margaret RODMAN addresses changes in housing in the Pacific, how these changes came about, and their consequences. The volume's ten contributors look at housing in Vanuatu, Rotuma, New Britain, Chuuk, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Hawai'i. Cloth, $39; ISBN 0-8248-1682-X. Paper, $24.95; ISBN 0-8248-1959-4.

"Plumes from Paradise: Trade Cycles in Outer Southeast Asia and Their Impact on New Guinea and Nearby Islands until 1920" by Pamela SWADLING, with contributions by Roy WAGNER and Billai LABA, examines the history of trade cycles and the changing trading relationships they stimulated. Distributed for the Papua New Guinea National Museum. Cloth, $60; ISBN 9980-85-103-1.

UH Press books (and journals) can be ordered through the Orders (or Journals) Department, University of Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-1888. More information is available on the UH Press website at

Other Publications

"A Vision for Change: A D Patel and the Politics of Fiji" by Brij V LAL is the sixth volume in the National Centre for Development Studies' History of Development Series. Patel was a champion of democracy and independence for Fiji. Paper, A$25; ISBN 0-7315-2350-4, 282 pages. Available from Bibliotech, GPO Box 4, Canberra 2601, Australia.

"Semisi Nau, The Story of My Life" is the autobiography of a Tongan Methodist missionary who worked at Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands. It is edited with an introduction by Allan K DAVIDSON. Published by Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; or see website. ISBN 982-02-0114-4, paper, 152 pages.

"Ka Mo'olelo Hawai'i: Hawaiian Traditions" is a new translation, by Malcolm Naea CHUN, of the classic study on Hawaiian society and culture done by Davida MALO, the leading native scholar of his time. It includes the original Hawaiian text and an extensive introduction and biography of Davida Malo. ISBN 0-938603-01-9, US$29.95 from First People's Production, 1620 Hale Koa Drive, Honolulu, HI 96821-1996; tel (808)-732-6476.

"Ancient Hawaiian Fishponds: Can Restoration Succeed on Moloka'i?" by Joseph M FARBER is an account of the evolution, decline, and current revival of the Moloka'i fishponds. Published in association with the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center by Neptune House Publications, 535 Neptune Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. ISBN 0-9659782-0-6, US$16, 100 pages. In Hawai'i, call (808) 947-1827.

"Tropical Pacific Islands Environments," by Chris LOBBAN and Maria SCHEFTER, with illustrations by Rick Castro, is a well-organized and comprehensive book on the geography and environments of the Pacific. It includes traditional knowledge and cultural notes as well as western science and would be useful in environmental biology and geology classes and as a resource book for teachers, scientists, researchers, and government agencies concerned with the Pacific Islands. Published by the University of Guam. ISBN 1-881629-05-8, 400 pages; cloth, $70; paper, $50. Available in Hawai'i from Hawai'i Geographic Society, 49 South Hotel St, PO Box 1698, Honolulu, HI 96806-1698; tel (808) 538-3952. In Guam, contact Dr Schefter; tel (671) 735-2787; email

"To Labour with the State: The Fiji Public Service Association," by Jacqueline LECKIE, documents the beginnings and change over time of the Fiji Public Service Association, as well as specific labor disputes and links between the FPSA and other local and international workers' organizations. Paper, 224 pages, NZ$29.95, A$29.95, and US$29.95, including postage. Order from University of Otago Press, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand; email

The Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) has published the proceedings of its 1996 conference in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. "Jaketo Jaketak Kobban Alele Eol: Identifying, Using and Sharing Local Resources" features papers by many local Marshallese and Pacific Islands experts. US$25. Available from Arlene COHEN, RFK Library, University of Guam, UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923, USA. Email:

Short Publications and Newsletters

Moana is a new Polynesian student publication from the students at University of Utah. Subscriptions are free of charge but donations are welcomed. The first issue of 11 pages includes poetry by Konai Helu THAMAN and an interview with Professor Thaman; an article on women's role in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement by Haunani-Kay TRASK; as well as articles and stories by Pacific Islands students. Contact Moana Editor, 318 Union Building, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112; tel (801) 581-8151; email:

The fall 1996 issue of Dialogue, the newsletter of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), East-West Center includes information and news about the activities of PIDP. This issue focuses on education and training and the student internship program, the Fifth Pacific Island Leaders Conference in Fiji, and the Joint Commercial Commission (JCC) Majuro meeting. Available from PIDP, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822-1601. PIDP's internet address is


"Pacific Passages", a video introduction to the Pacific Islands (see Pacific News from Manoa 97,1), will soon be distributed on an exclusive basis by Media Guild at a new sale price of $240. Until that time it will remain available from the producer/directors, Wendy ARBEIT ( and Caroline YACOE, at the original price of $75.


Workshop in Washington on Conservation

Coinciding with the American Anthropological Association Meetings in Washington, DC, the Committee of Concerned Pacific Scholars, the Biodiversity Conservation Network, and Conservation International's Melanesia Program will hold a workshop on 20 November 1997 at 2 pm in Conference Room 5a-b, World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, NW. Leading the discussion with be Fred DAMON and Bruce BEEHLER. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss opportunities for more effective collaboration. For further information, contact Michael French SMITH; tel (301) 587-2154; email

Pacific Telecommunications Conference

"Coping with Convergence--The Future is Now" is the theme for PTC'98, the twentieth annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference, to be held in Honolulu, 11-14 January 1998. For information, contact PTC, 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 302, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96826-1596; tel (808) 941-3789; fax (808) 944-4874; or see website:

ASAO Plans February Meeting

The 1998 Meetings of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO) will be held at the Pensacola Grand Hotel in Pensacola, Florida, 4-7 February 1998. For information on the meetings, visit the ASAO internet site at or contact Laurence M CARUCCI, Department of Sociology, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana 59717; email For membership information, contact Jan RENSEL, ASAO, 2499 Kapi'olani Blvd. #2403, Honolulu, HI, 96826; email

Small States in the International Economy

A call for papers has been announced for the conference "Small States in the International Economy," to be held at University of Birmingham, England, 16-17 April 1998. The conference is intended to survey the recent economic literature on small states with respect to both theoretical and empirical research and highlighting critical policy issues including growth, international trade, investment, competition policy, and finance.

The organizers are interested in hearing from those wishing to present refereed papers relating to the conference theme. For information contact Dr Robert READ, Department of Economics, University of Lancaster, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK, tel 44-1524-594233, fax 44-1524-594244, email Deadline for proposals andabstracts is 30 November 1997.

Twelfth PHA Conference

The twelfth Pacific History Association Conference will be held 22-26 June 1998 in Honiara, Solomon Islands at the Honiara Hotel and the Solomon Islands Centre of the University of the South Pacific. Solomon Islands College of Higher Education is a cosponsor. The conference consists of four days of papers, plenary sessions, keynote addresses, and the general meeting. Wednesday the 24th will be devoted to excursions to the National Art Gallery and National Cultural Centre and short trips to sites associated with World War 2 Guadalcanal campaigns. Some panels have been planned but other panels and conveners are being sought. For information, contact coconveners Max QUANCHI, School of Humanities, Queensland University of Technology, Beams Rd, Carseldine, Queensland, Australia 4034; email and Tom WAIHERE, Ruavatu College, PO Box 1371, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Small Islands Studies Association Meeting

"Islands V--Small Islands in the Third Millenium: Problems and Prospects of Island Living," the meeting of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), will be held in Mauritius, in early July 1998. ISISA is nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of studying islands on their own terms and encouraging the networking of small island communities. Topics to be taken up include the uncertainties of coastal zones and the sustainability of coastal commercial and subsistence activities, the effectiveness of regional island groupings for economic purposes, and small island exploitation of electronic networking systems. For information, contact Theo L HILLS, Department of Geography, McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6; email

Sixth Pacific Arts Association Conference

The Sixth General Conference of the Pacific Arts Association will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17-21 August 1998. The theme is "Art, Environment, and Gender," The conference will include four days of papers, keynote lectures, discussion groups, films, performances, and a general meeting of the association. Wednesday, 19 August, will be free for excursions and informal meetings. The conference will be held at the Papua New Guinea National Museum. For further information, contact either the conference convener, Soroi Marepo EOE, or the conference organizer, Mark BUSSE. Both can be reached at the Papua New Guinea National Museum, PO Box 5560, Boroko, NCD, Papua New Guinea; tel (675) 325-2458 or 325-5364; fax (675) 325-1779; email


Position Open at PNG National Museum

The Papua New Guinea National Museum invites applications for the position of Chief Curator of Anthropology. The Chief Curator of Anthropology is the head of the Department of Anthropology in the National Museum. Specific responsibilities include management of the national ethnographic collections, conducting research, assisting in the enforcement of Papua New Guinea's national cultural heritage legislation, and the management of the Department of Anthropology. The Chief Curator of Anthropology is also expected to provide advice to the Papua New Guinea government on anthropo-logical research priorities and on matters relating to the cultural heritage of the country.

Applicants should have an MA or PhD in anthropology, proven ability to plan and carry out anthropological research, and proven intellectual and professional leadership abilities. Expertise in the ethnography of Papua New Guinea and museum experience are also desirable.

For further information and application materials, please write to the Director, Papua New Guinea National Museum, P.O. Box 5560, Boroko, Papua New Guinea. Phone: (675) 325-2458. Facsimile: (675) 325-1779. Email:

Position for Staff Archaeologist in Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

A position for staff archaeologist in the Historic Preservation Office, Ministry of Interior and Social Welfare, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands has been announced. Applicants must have a MA or PhD degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field, and three years of archaeo-logical experience, one of which must be in a supervisory capacity. Experience in the Pacific is desirable. Duties include but are not limited to: preservation planning, maintenance and expansion of the RMI National Register, survey and inventory, project review and compliance, public education, and grant writing. The position has an administrative rather than a research focus. To apply contact the Historic Preservation Officer, Ms Carmen BIGLER, for details; fax (692) 625-4476 or 625-5353; tel (692) 625-4867.

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University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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