Center for Pacific Islands Studies Newsletter


No. 4 October-December 1999

Contents:

Pacific Studies 2000: Center Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary
CPIS Welcomes New Students
UHM to Offer Courses in Maori Language and Society
Hawaiian and Pacific Collections Expand Hours
New Major in Pacific Literature at USP
USP and UHM Develop Joint Course
Archaeological Field School in Fiji
Pacific Films in HIFF
Occasional Seminars
Faculty Activities
Students and Alumni
Publications, Videos, and CD-ROMs
Conferences
Bulletin Board
PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT on the Internet


PACIFIC STUDIES 2000:
CENTER CELEBRATES FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies will mark its fiftieth year in 2000 with a series of events designed to honor the past, reflect the present, and envision the future of Pacific studies at the center and throug hout the region. Social and educational events throughout the year will bring together students, alumni, past and present center faculty, and Pacific scholars from around the region. These activities will culminate in a conference and other activities in the fall.

The Pacific Islands studies program began in 1950 under the direction of anthropologist Dr Leonard Mason. We look forward to honoring the achievements of alumni and showcasing the work of current students as we imagine the future of Pacific studies. Ch allenges and opportunities abound in a field in which old boundaries are breaking down and new methodologies are being explored. Concerns about decolonizing Pacific studies, as well as opportunities presented by new technologies and pedagogies, and ongoin g desires to create truly interdisciplinary approaches promise at least a year’s worth of interesting and, we hope, wide discussion.

CPIS WELCOMES NEW STUDENTS

With the beginning of the year 2000, we are pleased to welcome four new students into the MA program. As in the past these students bring a wide range of interests and experiences that will enliven activities at the center. They are:

Michelle Dupreez-Aiavao, lived and attended school on the US mainland before graduating with a BA in anthropology from UH Manoa;

Stevick Akao Edwin, from Pohnpei, FSM, BA in economics from UH Hilo;

Joanna Jacob, from Chuuk, FSM, BA in political science from Park College in Kansas City, Missouri;

Clara-Joyce Puanani Olds, from Hawai‘i, BA in public administration from UH West O‘ahu.

UHM TO OFFER COURSES IN MAORI LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa will offer courses in Maori language and Maori history, culture, and contemporary issues for the first time, beginning in summer sessions one and two, 22 May through 30 June and 3 July thro ugh 11 August. The sequence of two Maori language courses, one in each session, will be offered through the Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages. A course in Maori history and culture in session one, followed by a course in contemporary Maori issues, will be offered by Pacific Islands Studies. The courses are tuition-free; students pay only a $77 fee.

The introduction of Maori language brings the number of Polynesian languages taught at UH to four; Hawaiian, Samoan, and Tahitian have been taught on campus for a number of years. According to center director Robert C Kiste, "Maori is a natural st ep in expanding on the growing interest in Polynesian languages at UH Manoa. Over the past few years there has been dramatic growth in the number of students taking Polynesian languages, and students of these languages are interested in building on their already strong language base." Similar to the way other Polynesian language programs were developed at UHM, Maori is expected to be a summer offering for several years before being gradually incorporated as a regular offering during spring and fall t erms. (See Bulletin Board for a description of the Maori lecturer opening.)

HAWAIIAN AND PACIFIC COLLECTIONS EXPAND HOURS

Evening hours for Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been added for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections in the UHM Library for the January-May 2000 semester.

The new hours for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are as follows:

Mon 9 am - 5 pm
Tues 9 am - 7 pm
Wed 9 am - 7 pm
Thu 9 am - 5 pm
Fri 9 am - 4:45 pm
Sat Closed
Sun 1 pm - 5 pm

Paging (retrieving books from stacks) stops a half hour before closing. Reference service is available Monday through Friday starting at 10 am until closing and from 1-5 on Sunday.

NEW MAJOR IN PACIFIC LITERATURE AT USP

The Department of Literature and Language at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, has announced a new major in Pacific literature. In addition to integrating Pacific material into existing course s, two new courses are being added: Images of the Pacific in Literature, Film, and the Media, and Australian and New Zealand Literature. For information, contact Dr Som Prakash, Department of Literature and Language, email: Prakash_S@usp.ac.fj.

USP played a leading role in the development of Pacific literature in the 1970s. With the establishment of the Pacific Writing Forum (PWF) as a unit within the literature and language department, the campus has recently seen a resurrection of interest in Pacific literature. PWF was the host in November of the very successful South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS) Triennial Conference and the Pacific Artists’ and Writers’ Festival. The PWF office at USP is now the secretariat for SPACLALS, formerly housed at University of Waikato in New Zealand.

USP AND UHM DEVELOP JOINT COURSE

As part of a Ford Foundation—funded project, CPIS faculty members Terence Wesley-Smith and Vilsoni Hereniko and Asian Studies faculty member Mimi Sharma traveled to Fiji in November. There they worked with Univ ersity of the South Pacific faculty Robert Nicole, Teresia Teaiwa, and Vijay Naidu on a course that will be taught simultaneously on the Manoa and Laucala campuses. Moving Cultures: Entanglements and Transformations in Asia Pacific is an inter-disciplinar y course that will focus on the ways in which capital, people, and ideas cross geopolitical borders of nations and regions and how these linkages are being negotiated locally and globally.

An exciting aspect of the course is the use of interactive technologies to foster innovative ways of learning and communicating. Students and staff from both campuses will exchange ideas through the Internet and teleconferencing. There will also be som e staff and student exchanges between the two campuses. The course will take place in the first semester of academic year 2000—2001.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL IN FIJI

Archaeologist and CPIS faculty member Terry Hunt will again lead a full archaeological field school on the island of Waya in Fiji. The six-credit course will be offered through the UH Outreach College Summer Session , 24 June—29 July. The deadline for applications is 10 April 2000. Tuition for nonresidents is $780 and the institute fee is $1875 (includes supplies, accommodations, most food, and ground and boat transfers in Fiji). Students live in tents at Octopu s Resort Fiji, an ecotourist resort located on a white sand beach on Waya’s northwestern shore. They spend five weeks engaged in intensive, hands-on training, lectures, and the study of survey and excavation methods, focusing on an early habitation s ite, Likuliku. For information contact Dr Terry L Hunt, Department of Anthropology, 2424 Maile Way, SocSci 346, Honolulu, HI 96822; email:thunt@hawaii.edu.

PACIFIC FILMS IN HIFF

The nineteenth Hawai‘i International Film Festival, always an eagerly awaited event, took place 5—21 November on O‘ahu and the Neighbor Islands. A wide range of films represented Hawai‘i and the Pacific in this festival, which focused on film from the Pacific and Pacific Rim. Hawaiian themes featured in the Hawai‘i Panorama included: Malama I Ka‘Aina, Malama I Ke Kai, by Esther Figueroa and Mimi George, a film on conservation set on Mo‘omomi Beach on Moloka‘i; Red Turtle Rising, an entertaining documentary on the Hawaiian hawkbill turtle by Jay April and Lou Diliberto; Kiho‘alu Masters, a look at eight eminent slack key guitarists by Michael Verschuur Powell; the animated short by GB Hajim, Homoaikawa‘a, which recalls a shark myth from Kaua‘i; Aotearoa: Land of the Long, White Cloud, a film by Michelle Mueller chronicling the Kamehameha Concert Glee Club’s tour of New Zeal and; and Mahina: Days and Nights of Hawai‘i, a film on the moon’s cycle by David Kalama, Jr. HIFF also joined with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) to present a multi-dimensional event surrounding the revival and restoration of J ohn Kneubuhl’s film, Damien.

Representing Pacific themes outside Hawai‘i were two features and several documentaries: What’s Become of the Broken Hearted, Alan Duff’s long-awaited sequel to Once Were Warriors, directed by Ian Mune and starring Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen; In a Savage Land, an epic love story set in Papua New Guinea and directed by Bill Bennett; Big Brother of Christmas Island, a tribute to labor leader Gordon Bennett by director Mathew Kelley; Bougainville: Our Isla nd, Our Fight, an award-winning documentary produced by Wayne Coles-Janess; Esther Figueroa and Mimi George’s: Vaka Taumako: The First Voyage, a film about the building of a canoe on Taumako Island in the Solomons, and Paradise Bent: Bo ys Will Be Girls in Samoa, a study of fa‘afafine by Heather Croall. HIFF’s website is http://www.hiff.org.

CENTER VISITORS

Verena Keck, a medical anthropologist from University of Basel, Switzerland who has conducted research in Papua New Guinea, Guam, and southeast Asia, has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Pacific Islands Stu dies from November 1999 through the beginning of February 2000. Dr Keck, editor of the recently published Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies, is working in the UH Library Pacific Collection to augment her re search on lytico and bodig, neuro-degenerative diseases that strike Chamorros in Guam.

OCCASIONAL SEMINARS

"Here’s the Way We Are Headed. Which Way Should We Be Going? Economy and Education in Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia" was the topic for a seminar on 16 November gi ven by Francis X Hezel, SJ, Micronesian Seminar, Pohnpei, and Hilda Heine, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), in Honolulu. Hezel and Heine had compiled a wide range of population and economic data for the Micronesian nations, and they di scussed the implications of these data for setting educational goals.

"Mining and the Environment in Melanesia: Contemporary Debates Reviewed," by Glenn Banks, University of New South Wales, on 19 November, addressed the question of how the impacts of large-scale mines in Melanesia are best understood.

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

Robert C Kiste, Vilsoni Hereniko, and Terence Wesley-Smith represented the center at several conferences during the latter half of 1999. Kiste delivered a paper at the Pacific Science Congress and the Australian Ant hropological Society Meeting, both in Sydney in July. Hereniko returned to Honolulu after a year’s sabbatical and immediately flew to Suva where he took part in the SPACLALS conference in Suva, Fiji, There, as part of a joint celebration of recent pu blications, his book with Rob Wilson, Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific, was launched. In December Wesley-Smith was the official UH observer at the first meeting of the Pacific Community in Papeete.

STUDENTS AND ALUMNI

Former students Jojo Peter (MA 1994), Katerina Teaiwa (MA 1999), and April Henderson (MA 1999) returned to Honolulu in September to take part in the Out of Oceania conference. Katerina Teaiwa’s paper, "Out of Phosphate: The Diaspora of Ocean Island/ers" was actually a video and video-script that was the outcome of her work to sustain and develop the themes and images that her sister Teresia Teaiwa had presented so powerfully in the 1995 conference at UH Manoa, Contested Ground. In the video, Teaiwa, used some of the 370 images of phosphate mining in Banaba that she collected at the National Archives of Australia in Melbourne. These images show what took place on the island as it was transformed during the mining. Her "poetic visual presentation" shows the connection between land and Banaban people and tells stories of displacing movements and identities. It also talks about laborers of many nationalities at the mine, many of whom died becaus e of harsh conditions.

Jojo Peter, in his paper "Tales of Place, Travels, and Distance: Some Out-of-Body Experiences in Oceania," also talked of connections of place (land) and people. He described how connections to place are a source of strength to Chuukese as th ey move away from their home islands. He also talked about health and education as life-sustaining forces that have experienced contemporary breakdowns. In the past these forces sustained Chuukese in their lives and their travels; in the present, dislocat ions, behavioral as much as spatial, have threatened the health of a people and subverted the strengths and meaning of traditional educational forms.

Henderson’s paper was a presentation of her MA thesis, which examined the consumption of hip-hop culture by diasporic Samoans. Her presentation was enlivened by the performance by Walter Soale, aka High Chief XL, from the hip-hop group Aiga, who m oved audience member Sia Figiel to announce that in her second life she wants to come back as a hip-hop artist! Aiga members Dave Savea and Lini Leslie were also in the audience.

Mark Skinner (MA 1990) writes that for the past five months he has been in Colorado working at the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. His wife Carol is an urban planner for a rural government outside of Denver. Mark and Carol, who have an eighteen- month-old son, expect to be in the Denver area for several years before they return to the Pacific.

Richard Hamasaki (MA 1989) and his colleague Doug Matsuoka have been working on a project over the past year to record two exciting young Pacific poets, Sia Figiel and Teresia Teaiwa, reading their own poems. The final product will be a CD to come out sometime during the first half of 2000.

PUBLICATIONS, VIDEOS, AND CD-ROMS

Publications

Her Majesty Queen Lili‘uokalani, one of Hawai‘i’s most accomplished and gifted composers, left a wonderful legacy of her music to the people of the Islands. The Queen's Songbook, published by Hui Hanai, the Lili‘uokalani Trust’s auxiliary, is a collection of fifty-five of the Queen’s songs and five songs closely associated with her. The beautifully produced book also includes extensive commentary on Queen Lili‘uokalani and her music, as well as historic pho tographs. Emeritus UHM music professor and CPIS faculty member Barbara Smith was instrumental in seeing this project through to completion and was honored, at the book launching, for her part in it. The book is available in cloth, $48, and paper, $35. The re is also a CD available that contains an instrumental collection of the Queen's music performed by the Galliard String Quartet, Songs of Lili‘uokalani. $18.

They Who Do Not Grieve, award-winning poet and author Sia Figiel's latest novel, has just been published. It weaves together the voices of three generations of women from two families. At the center of the novel is the Samoan woman’s tattoo , the malu, and the shame and grief of an uncompleted tattoo. ISBN 1-86941-345-8. Available in New Zealand from Random House New Zealand in Auckland. NZ$24.95.

Figiel also has a new collection of poetry and prose pieces, To a Young Artist in Contemplation. ISBN 982-366-005-0, US$26. Available from Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; ips@usp.ac.fj. Her ea rlier book, Where We Once Belonged, which was out of print in the United States, has been reissued by Kaya Press, 373 Broadway, Suite E-2, New York, NY 10013. ISBN 1-885030-27-4, US$14.95. Website: http://www.kaya.com.

The Institute of Pacific Studies 1999 catalog also lists a number of new titles:

• Gutsini Posa (Rough Seas) is the first novel by Papua New Guinean Regis Stella. It takes civil war as its theme and explores the impact on society of profiteering capitalists, increasing corruption, and seething slums. ISBN 982-02-0145-4. US$15.

• Islands of the Frigate Bird, by Daryl Tarte, is a novel that revolves around historical events on, and related to, Banaba Island. It is a story of human survival told from the perspective of islanders, traders, and civil servants. ISBN 98 2-02-0147-0. US$18.

• The Making of a Rebel: Captain Donald Macleod of the New Hebrides, by Catherine Stirling Kerr Cawsey, is a biography of a notable sea captain in the Pacific. ISBN 982-02-0140-3. $45.

• Nation and Destination: Creating Cook Islands Identity, by Jeffrey Sissons, looks at the creation of a succession of different Cook Islands identities over the past thirty years. ISBN 982-02-0142-X and 982-315-002-8. US$12.

• Songs of Love: New and Selected Poems (1974—1999) is a collection by Tongan poet Konai Helu Thaman illustrated by Teweiariki Teaero, from Kiribati. ISBN 982-02-0144-6. US$12.

• Taku Akatauira/My Dawning Star is a posthumous collection of poems by Cook Islander Kauraka Kauraka. The poems, weaving the natural environment with the spiritual, are based on tateni, verses of praise. ISBN 982-02-0152-7. US$10.

• Te-Ava Ora is a collection of poems by Vaine Rasmussen, featuring images of places and people across the Pacific. Illustrated by Joseph Rasmussen. ISBN 982-02-0146-2. US$9.

• IPS has also produced two books on Tuvaluan by Geoffrey and Jenny Jackson: An Introduction to Tuvaluan (US$10) and Te Tikisionale O Te ‘Gana Tuvalu, A Tuvaluan-English Dictionary (US$18).

Karl L Rensch has put together A Dictionary of Polynesian Fish Names. The book is a compre-hensive account of Polynesian fish names from over fifty islands and an attempt to identify them using the Linnaen nomenclature. No graphics, 330 pages, $ 38, available from Archipelago Press, Box 274, Mawson, Canberra 2607, Australia; fax: 61-2-629-6455.

A special issue of Development Bulletin, volume 50, Development: Papua New Guinea Perspectives, marks Papua New Guinea’s twenty-five years of independence. The twenty papers in the journal, all written by PNG citizens, provide a vari ety of perspectives on PNG’s development, past, current, and future. Among the topics discussed in the papers are the constitution, loss of state authority and credibility, PNG’s experience with microfinance, maintenance of crop diversity, civil society and the role of NGOs and churches, and the role of women in civil society and governance. US$25, available from Development Studies Network, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia; email:< a href="mailto:Pamela.Thomas@anu.edu.au">Pamela.Thomas@anu.edu.au.

Shipwrecks of Hawai‘i: A Maritime History of the Big Island, by Richard Rogers, is available in paper (ISBN 0-967346-0-3) for US$24.95 plus postage, from Pilialoha Publishing, PO Box 727, Haleiwa, HI 96712; email: plialoha@hula.net.

Videos

Selo! Selo! Bigfala Canoe, which was announced in the last issue of the newsletter, is available from Axis Productions, 33a Logan Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia. A$100.

Compassionate Exile, a documentary by filmmakers Larry Thomas and Bob Madey tells a story of the social history of Makogai leprosarium. In telling the story, the filmmakers draw heavily on extensive oral histories from four of Makogai’s res idents. The film premiered in Suva in September 1999 and is expected to be available in NTSC and PAL format sometime in 2000. For information, contact Larry Thomas, Department of Language and Literature, University of the South Pacific, Box 1168, Suva, Fi ji; email:Thomas_L@usp.ac.fj.

CD-ROMS

Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity, a CD-ROM by Harvard Emeritus Professor Edward O Wilson and Dan L Perlman is a tool for teaching the biological, social, political, and economic elements of conservation biology. It features video clips o f Wilson, interactive exercises, maps, questions, case studies, color photographs, and links to other resources. Wilson was one of the earliest voices to speak out about biodiversity loss. Perlman, a former teacher of conservation biology and biodiversity , has taught people of all ages. The program is aimed at high school and college students. There is also an instructors’ discussion group on the WEB. US$39.95. Available from Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 2000 9-1148; email:info@islandpress.org. Website:http://www.islandpress.org/wilsoncd.

CONFERENCES

Heiva 2000 Tahiti Fête of Hilo

Heiva 2000 Tahiti Fête of Hilo: A Tahitian Dance Competition Extravaganza will be held 18—20 February 2000 in the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo, Hawai‘i. There will be craft and food vendors as well as dancers from Ta hiti and Hawai‘i. Workshops will be held on Tahitian drumming and dancing. For information contact Pua Tokumoto by email at PuaTahiti2@aol.com.

Food in the Pacific and Asia

The Centre for the Contemporary Pacific is planning a two-day conference, Food in the Pacific and Asia, on food as a mediator in intercultural relations. A broad range of topics will be covered under this main theme, including food as a social bond , as a shaper of boundaries, as a marker of hierarchy or gender segregation, and as a shaper of cultural notions of self and other. Conference dates are 27—28 April 2000. For information contact the Centre for the Contemporary Pacific, Research Schoo l of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. Website: http://rspas.anu.edu.au/ccp/workshops.htm.

PNG Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference

The National Agricultural Research Institute and Department of Agriculture and Livestock are sponsoring the Papua New Guinea Food and Nutrition 2000 Conference at the PNG University of Technology in Lae, 26—29 June 2000. The theme is food scar city in Papua New Guinea. The organizing committee is seeking papers on this theme, including papers dealing with events such as the 1997 drought and papers dealing with broader questions of food security and production. Paper proposals should be sent to Food Nutrition 2000 Conference, attn: Ms Sharyl Ivahupa, National Agricultural Research Institute, PO Box 4415, Lae, Papua New Guinea; email: nari@datec.com.pg.

Pacific Islands Political Studies Association

The Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) will hold the seventh PIPSA conference, Canoes Adrift? Wealth and Poverty in the Pacific,
4—7 December 2000. The conference will take place on the Laucala campus of the University of the South Pacific. For information, contact Dr Sandra Tarte, Department of History/Politics, USP, Box 1168, Suva, Fiji.

Tenth Pacific Science Inter-Congress in 2001

The Pacific Science Association and the University of Guam will host the 10th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Integration of Natural and Social Sciences in the New Pacific Millennium, 1—6 June 2001. The call for papers will be issued in July 2 000. Tentative symposia include changing patterns of health, cultural diversity and historic preservation, Oceanian librarianship, sustainable tourism, water quality and quantity issues, and Pacific perspectives on unity and disunity in the sciences. Inqu iries should be addressed to Joyce Marie Camacho, 10th PSI-C Coordinator, Graduate School & Research, University of Guam Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923; email: jcamacho@uog9.uog.edu. Website: http://www.10psicguam.html.

Conferences announced in previous newsletters:

Native Pacific Cultural Studies on the Edge will be held 11—12 February 2000 at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Oakes College Learning Center. The website for the conference is http://www2.ucsc.edu/people/lilikoi.

Melanesia 2000 and Beyond: Empowering Village and Rural Development will be held 13—16 March 2000, at the Travelodge, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Contact John Evans, South Pacific Centre for Communication and Information in Development, UPNG; email: john.evans@upng.ac.pg.

Between the Global and the Local: Making Rights Claims in the Twentieth Century will be held 28—29 April 2000 on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Website: www.uwm.edu/Dept/CIS.

The Native American Studies Research Cluster at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), is holding its Sovereignty 2000 conference on 19 May at the UCSC campus. Contact Joanne Marie Barker, Sovereignty 2000, History of Consciousness Pr ogram, University of California—Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California 95064.

Pacific History Association (PHA) Conference in 2000–Bursting Boundaries: Places, Persons, Gender, and Disciplines–will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, 26—29 June 2000. For information, contact Donald De noon by email at dxd@coombs.anu.edu.au.

Pacific Rim Conference on Higher-Education Planning and Assessment–Conference to be held in Hilo, Hawai‘i, 3—7 June 2000. Proposals should be submitted to Dr Larry Kelley, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Northe ast Louisiana University; fax: (318) 342-1028; email: irkelley@alpha.nlu.edu.

The Fifth International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific, sponsored by Pacific 2000 and the Easter Island Foundation, will take place 7—12 August 2000 at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Waimea, Hawai‘i. Send abstracts by D ecember 1999 to Pacific 2000, Easter Island Foundation, PO Box 6774, Los Osos, California, 93412.

Small Islands in the Third Millennium: Sharing Solutions to Common Problems, the Islands VI conference, will be held on the Isle of Skye, 16—20 October 2000. Website: http://www.islandstudies.org.

The Eighth Festival of Pacific Arts will take place
23 October to 3 November 2000 in several towns in New Caledonia: Noumea and Mont-Dore in the South, Koné and Poindimié in the North, and Wé on Lifu in the Loyalty Islands.

Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge II: An Exploration of Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Development and Ethnosciences for the New Millennium, will be held 28 May—3 June 2001 in Honolulu. Website: http://www.traditionalknowledge.com.

BULLETIN BOARD

UHM Seeking Lecturers in Maori

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, seeks lecturers to teach Maori language, history, and contemporary issues courses in first and second summer session, 22 May—11 August 2000. Duties are to teach a two-session sequence of beginning Maori language (IP 101 and IP 102) as well as a 400-level course on Maori history, culture, and society in session one and a 400-level course in co ntemporary Maori issues in session two. Minimum qualifications include an MA with emphasis on Maori studies, language teaching, or closely related fields and high level oral and written fluency in Maori and English. To apply send letter of application, re sume, phone number, email address, the names and addresses of three referees, and, if applicable, visa status. Applicants should also include brief (1—2 pages) outlines of each of the 400-level courses. Address applications to Director, Center for Pa cific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 215, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822. Closing date: 2 February 2000 or until positions are filled. Email inquiries to nakahara@hawaii.edu.

Pacific Experts Database Being Updated

The Agricultural Development in the American Pacific (ADAP) project at UH Manoa is working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to update and expand the SPC Pacific experts database. The database is designed to increase communication among persons interested in appropriate development in the region. Among the changes will be additions to the areas of specialization and procedures to add new names to the site in a timely manner. A draft of the database can be accessed at http://www.ct ahr.hawaii.edu:591/spcexpertsdb/. ADAP is associated with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. ADAP project manager is James Hollyer, email: hollyer@hawaii.edu.

Asia Pacific Film Online

Those interested in learning more about Pacific film can learn from experts Jeannette Paulson Hereniko and Rena Owen online at Hungry Minds, http://www.hungryminds.com/experts/flm001/. Hereni ko, founder of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, is Director of the Asia Pacific Media Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication. Rena Owen is an international film star best known for her powerf ul performance in Once Were Warriors. Together they talk about the development of Asian and Pacific film, particularly the development of Maori filmmaking from an industry dominated by Pakeha-formed images to the groundbreaking films of Barry Barcl ay and Merata Mita. They also offer suggestions for further reading and viewing.

Nationalism and Self-Determination in Micro-States

Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism is planning a special issue on nationalism and self-determination in micro-states and is inviting essays on the politics and history of nationalist movements in independent micro-states and non-sover eign entities in the Pacific and elsewhere. Completed essays are due by 30 August 2000. For information contact Henry Srebrnik, Department of Political Studies, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada C1A 4P3; email: hsrebrnik@upei.ca.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resident Scholar Programs

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) Resident Scholar Programs offer short-term study grants for 2001 with stipends of $2,500 per month for durations of one to six months. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian Instituti on. Deadline for applications is 1 April
2000. Application materials are online at http://www.sil.si.edu or write to William Baxter, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Resident Scholar Programs, NMAH 5016 MRC 630, Washington, DC 20560-0630; email:libmail@sil.s i.edu.

PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

On the Internet at

pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/PIReport

PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT (PIR) produced by Al Hulsen as a collaborative project of the Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, has become the world's major source of news about the Pacific Is lands region. The site receives over 1000 "hits" daily, for news, information, commentary, and discussion. Twenty top news items are posted on the Internet each evening, reaching governments, business, scholars, and the general public.


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