Peoples of the Pacific
Instructor: Lamont Lindstrom
Department of Anthropology
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK 74104-3189
This courses provides a broad overview of cultures of the
Pacific, past and present, through examination of several topics
of general anthropological importance. The course reviews the
Pacific of the past (its prehistory, settlement, traditional ways
of life) and also the Pacific of the present which faces problems
of remnant colonialism, urbanism, economic development,
increasing tourism, environmental degradation, atomic testing,
and the like.
READINGS: I. Campbell -- A History of the Pacific Islands
A. Wendt -- Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree
D. Hayano -- Road through the Rain Forest
M. Ward -- Nest in the Wind
ASSESSMENT: Midterm 30%
Research Project 40%
Response Essays, Map Quiz, Class Participation 30%
May 19 Pacific Studies
21 Human Settlement (Read Campbell Cpt. 1, 2)
VIDEO: Voyagers of the Pacific
26 Land and Sea
VIDEO: Shark Callers of Kontu
28 European Exploration and Colonialization
(Read Campbell Cpt. 3 - 10)
VIDEO: First Contact
DISCUSSION of Flying Fox
June 2 Anthropology's "Island Laboratory"
(Read Campbell Cpt. 11 - 13)
VIDEO: Margaret Mead and Samoa
4 The Pacific Village
VIDEO: Malangan Labadama
DISCUSSION of Road through the Rain Forest
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
9 The Pacific War (Read Campbell Cpt . 14 )
VIDEO: Angels of War
16 NO CLASS (Work on Research Project in Library)
18 Kastom and Nationalism (Read Campbell Cpt. 15 - 17)
VIDEO: The Lau
23 Drugs, Traditional and Modern, and the World System
VIDEO: Trobriand Cricket
DISCUSSION of Nest in the Wind
25 Class Research Project Presentations
1. Discuss changes in the way of looking at Pacific Islanders
and their cultures since the l9th century. What kinds of people
wrote about the Pacific, what interested them and why?
2. Discuss what Alan Morehead calls "the fatal
impact" of white intrusion into the Pacific, Using data from
several different areas, assess whether or not the pattern of
change was everywhere the same and judge the "fatality"
of the impact.
3. Compare and contrast in at least three areas the adaptation
of islanders to their environment.
4. Discuss missionary activity and its effects on Pacific
cultures, for different denominations ant/or different areas.
5. Assess the growth and progress of archaeology in the
6. The novelists (i.e., B. Grimshaw, L. Becke, J. London, J.
Michener, Nordhoff and Hall ant many more): make a critical
appraisal of the view of Pacific cultures and the effects of
alien influences that novelists have presented to their readers.
7. Discuss the meaning and function of art in the context of
Pacific social life, religion and worldview.
8. Select a well documented Pacific ritual and analyze it
either in symbolic or structural terns.
9. Does the work of female anthropologists (Annette Weiner,
Margaret Head, Marilyn Strathern, Ann Chowning etc.) who have
written about the Pacific suggest that many male researchers have
perhaps presented a biased view of women's role in society?
10. Try your hand at explaining male-female differentiation,
or sexual antagonism, in Melanesia.
11. Discuss the place of the Pacific Islanders in the rise of
12. Discuss the nature of political leadership in Pacific
societies, either traditionally or in the contemporary situation.
13. Evaluate the symbolic supports for the construction of
nationalism in a new Pacific state (i.e., land, customs
14. Discuss the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, and its
relations with other native american political endeavors.
15. What is the touristic portrayal of the Pacific, and what
are its economical and political effects in the islands?
16. What's happening to Pacific art today?
17. Why is Cheyenne Brando in jail in Tahiti?
18. What's the new genetic evidence for Pacific settlement?
19. What are the Japanese doing again in the Pacific?
PEOPLES OF THE PACIFIC
Pacific Sources at the University of Tulsa
*Oceania, Anthropological Forum, Journal de
la Societe des Oceanistes, *Mankind, Journal of
the Polynesian Society, Journal of Pacific History, New
Guinea Research Bulletin, Pacific Studies, Pacific
Islands Monthly, *Atoll Research Bulletin. (*In the TU
A. General Pacific
Beaglehole, J. Exploration of the Pacific.
Brown, J. Peoples and Problems of the Pacific.
Daws, G. A Dream of Islands.
Finney, B. Pacific Navigation and Voyaging.
Furnass, J. Anatomy of Paradise.
Howells, W. The Pacific Islanders.
Marshall, M. Siblingship in Oceania.
O'Brien, D. Rethinking Women's Roles: Perspectives from the
Oliver, D. The Pacific Islands.
Shutler and Shutler. Oceanic Prehistory.
B. General Melanesia
Attenborough, D. People of Paradise.
Lawrence, P. and Meggitt, M. Gods, Ghosts and Men in
Rodman, M. The Pacification of Melanesia.
Worsley, P. The Trumpet Shall Sound.
C. Papua New Guinea (and Irian
Bateson, G. Naven.
Berdt, R. and Lawrence, P. Politics in New Guinea.
Bjerre, J. The Last Cannibals.
Blackwood, B. Both Sides of the Buka Passage.
Brown, P. The Chimbu.
Brown, P. and Tuzin, D. The Ethnography of Cannibalism.
Clay, B. Pinikindu.
Clune, F. Somewhere in New Guinea.
Epstein, A. The Politics of Dependence.
Errington, F. Karavar.
Feil, D. Ways of Exchange.
Fisk, E. Ne w Guinea on the Threshold.
Fortune, R. Sorcerers of Dobu.
Gewertz, D. Sepik River Societies.
Gregory, C. Gifts and Commodities.
Herdt, G. Rituals of Manhood.
Hogbin, H. The Leaders and the Led.
Hutchins, E. Culture and Inference: A Trobriand Case Study.
Lawrence, P. The Garia.
Lewis, G. Day of Shining Red.
Malinowski, B. Coral Gardens and their Magic.
Malinowski, B. Argonauts of the Western Pacific.
Matches, M. Savage Paradise.
Mead, M. Growing Up in New Guinea.
Mead, M. Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies.
Mosko, M. Quadripartite Structures.
Mytinger, C. New Guinea Headhunt.
Newman, P. Knowing the Gururumba.
Pataki-Schweizer, K. A New Guinea Landscape.
Pospisil, L. The Kapauku Papuans of West New Guinea.
Powdermaker, H. Life in Lifu.
Rappaport, R. Pigs for the Ancestors.
Read, K. The High Valley.
Romanucci-Ross, L. Mead's Other Manus.
Rubel, P. and Rosman, A. Your Own Pigs You May Not Eat.
Sankoff, G. The Social Life of Language.
Saville, W. In Unknown New Guinea.
Schwimmer, E. Exchange in the Social Structure of the
Souter, G. New Guinea: The Last Unknown.
Steensberg, A. New Guinea Gardens.
Strathern, A. Inequality in the New Guinea Highlands.
Strathern, A. Line of Power.
Strathern, A. Ongka.
White, O. Parliament of 1000 Tribes.
White, P. A Prehistory of Australia, New Guinea and Sahul.
Williams F. Orokaiva Magic.
D. Solomon Islands
Collinson, C. Life and Laughter Midst the Cannibals.
Hogbin, H. A Guadalcanal Society.
Keesing, R. Kwaio Religion.
Keesing, R. Lightening Meets the West Wind.
Mytinger, C. Headhunting in the Solomon Islands.
Oliver, D. A Solomon Island Society.
Allen, M. Vanuatu.
Deacon, B. Malekula.
Humphreys, C. The Southern New Hebrides.
Marshall, A. The Black Musketeers.
F. New Caledonia
Howe, K. The Loyalty Islands.
Leenhardt, M. Do Kamo.
Fraser, J. Gold Dish and Kava Bowl.
Quain, B. Fijian Village.
Sahlins, M. Moala.
Thompson, L. Fijian Frontier.
Wibberly, L. Fiji: Islands of Dawn.
Ausubel, J. The Fern and the Tiki.
Bateson, M. With a Daughter's Eye.
Bigwood, J. New Zealand Maori in Colour.
Buck, P. Arts and Crafts of Hawaii.
Dos Passos, J. Easter Island: Island of Enigmas.
Ferdon, E. Early Tahiti.
Firth, R. Economics of the New Zealand Maori.
Firth, R. We the Tikopia.
Firth, R. Work of the Gods in Tikopia.
Freeman, D. Margaret Mead and Samoa.
Goldman, I. Ancient Polynesian Society.
Grey, G. Polynesian Mythology.
Heyerdahl, T. Aku Aku.
Heyerdahl, T. American Indians in the Pacific.
Howard, J. Margaret Mead: A Life.
Jennings, J. The Prehistory of Polynesia.
Kirch, P. The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms.
Levy, D. Tahitians.
Lewis, C. The Trumpet is Mine.
Mead, M. Coming of Age in Samoa.
Picker, F. Easter Island.
Rout, E. Maori Symbolism.
Shore, B. Salailua: A Samoan Mystery.
Thompson, V . The French Pacific Islands.
Whittaker, E. The Mainland Haole
Barnett, H. Being a Palauan.
Brower, K. Micronesia.
Furness, W . The Island of Stone Money.
Karig, W. The Fortunate Islands.
Lessa, W. Ulithi: A Micronesian Design for Living.
Peoples, J. Island in Trust.
Peterson, G. One Man Cannot Rule a Thousand.
Thompson, L. Guam and its People.
[Subject: Pacific/Comparative, Anthropology]