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Summer Institute for College Teachers


Re-imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands


East-West Center  and

University of Hawai‘i Center for Pacific Islands Studies


June 30 – August 1, 2003


This five-week Summer Institute brought together 25 participants for a program of talks and discussions focusing on the cultural and political formations of indigenous identities in the Pacific Islands. The institute utilized cultural commentary and artistic works by Pacific Islanders as well as ethnographic and historical writings on the Pacific to explore island worlds, histories and futures. The program’s interdisciplinary approach to issues of representation and cultural politics draws from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, history, literature, and film studies.


Faculty: The Institute was directed by Geoffrey White, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i. Institute faculty included Barry Barclay, Vicente Diaz, Epeli Hau‘ofa, Margaret Jolly, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Teresia Teaiwa, Albert Wendt, as well as University of Hawai‘i faculty.





Previous to start of the Institute:


(1) Hau'ofa, Epeli (1993). Our Sea of Islands. In E. Waddell, V. Naidu & E. Hau’ofa, eds. A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands. Suva: USP. Pp. 2-16.

(2) Finney, Ben (1994). The Other One-Third of the Globe. Journal of World History 5 (2):273-297.

(3) Clifford, James (2001). Indigenous Articulations. The Contemporary Pacific 13(2):468-490.



Week One, June 30 - July 4: Voyages of (Re)Discovery


Monday, June 30

Vilsoni Hereniko and Geoffrey White: Representing Cultural Identities


Hereniko, Vilsoni (1994). Representations of Cultural Identities. In Tides of History: The Pacific Islands in the Twentieth Century. K. Howe, R. Kiste, and B. Lal, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. Pp. 406-434.


Tuesday, July 1

Sitiveni Halapua and Robert Kiste: Geographical and Political Overview


Kiste, Robert (1994). Pre-Colonial Times. In Tides of History: The Pacific Islands in the Twentieth Century. R. Howe, R. Kiste, & B. Lal, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Pp. 3-28.


Jolly, Margaret (2001). Imagining Oceania: Indigenous and Foreign Representations of a Sea of Islands. In Framing the Pacific in the 21st Century: Co-existence and Friction. Ed. by Daizaburo Yui and Yasua Endo. Center for Pacific and American Studies, Univeristy of Tokyo. Pp. 29-48.


Wednesday, July 2

David Hanlon: Decolonizing History in Oceania


Hau’ofa, Epeli (2000). Pasts to Remember. In R. Borofsky, ed. Remembrance of Pacific Pasts. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Pp. 453-471.

Dening, Greg (1980). Names and Places. In Islands and Beaches: Discourse on a Silent Land, Marquesas, 1774-1880. Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press. Pp. 9-34.


Thursday, July 3

Ben Finney and Jon Osorio: Sailing in the Wake of the Ancestors

Finney, Ben (2003). With Myth as Their Inspiration. Paper delivered at the 2003 meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. Vancouver, Canada.


Osorio, Jonathan K. (1992). Songs of Our Natural Selves: The Enduring Voice of Nature in Hawaiian Music. In Pacific History: Papers from the 8th Pacific History Association Conference. D. Rubenstein, ed.  Magilao, Guam: University of Guam, Micronesia Area Research Center. Pp. 429-432.



Finney, Ben (1994). The Other One-Third of the Globe. Journal of World History 5        (2):273-297.



       Finney, Ben (1999). The Sin at Awarua. The Contemporary Pacific 11(1): Pp. 1-33.

Finney, Ben (1996). Putting Voyaging Back into Polynesian Prehistory. In Oceanic Culture History : Essays in Honour of Roger Green. Ed by Janet Davidson, Geoffrey Irwin, Foss Leach, Andrew Pawley and Dorothy Brown. New Zealand Journal of Archaeology Special Publication. Pp.365-376.


Friday, July 4 Holiday



Week Two, July 7 – July 11: The Art and Politics of Pacific Identities



Monday, July 7

Vince Diaz:Entangled Na(rra)tives: Indigenous Modernizations in Guam

Diaz, Vicente (2002). ‘Fight Boys, til the Last’.... In Pacific Diaspora. P. Spickard et al., eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Pp. 169-194.



Diaz, Vicente (2000). Simply Chamorro: Tales of Demise and Survival in Guam. In Remembrance of Pacific Pasts: An Invitation to Remake History. Edited by Robert Borofsky. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press. (reprint from The Contemporary Pacific 6:1 1994).

Diaz, Vicente  and Christine Taitano DeLisle, producers (1997). Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia. Color VHS film. 28 minutes.

Diaz, Vicente (2001). Hypo-modernity: Traditional:Carolinian Navigation as Critique and Aesthetic.

Diaz, Vicente (1999). Tapping the DNA of Navigators.


Tuesday, July 8

Geoffrey White: Telling Stories: History and National Narrative in Melanesia

White, Geoffrey (2001). Natives and Nations: Identity Formation in Postcolonial Melanesia. In Places and Politics in an Age of Globalization. R. Prazniak & A. Dirlik, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 139-166.



Kelly, John D. (1995). The Privileges of Citizenship: Nations, States, Markets, and Narratives. In Nation-Making: Emergent Identities in Postcolonial Melanesia. R. Foster, ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Pp. 253-273.



Noenoe K. Silva: Politics of Hawaiian History

Silva, Noenoe K. (Forthcoming). Aloha Aina:  Native Nationalism and Resistance in Hawai'i  from Duke University Press. Chapter 2: Early Struggles with the Foreigners and Chapter 5, Ke Kü˙ė Küpa‘a Loa Nei Mäkou ‘We Most Solemnly Protest’.

Wednesday, July 9

Margaret Jolly: In the Wake of Cook?: Gender and Sexuality on the Cook Voyages and Beyond

Jolly, Margaret (1997). From Point Venus to Bali Ha‘i: Eroticism and Exoticism in Representations of the Pacific. In Sites of Desire, Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities in Asia and the Pacific. L. Manderson and M. Jolly, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pp. 99-122.



Jolly, Margaret (1996). Desire, Difference and Disease: Sexual and Venereal Exchanges on Cook’s Voyages in the Pacific. Exchanges: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Australia and the Pacific. Ed. By Ross Gibson. Museum of Sydney. Pp. 185-217.



Thursday, July 10

Margaret Jolly: Engendering Roots and Routes in Contemporary Oceanic Arts

Jolly, Margaret (2001). On the Edge? Deserts, Oceans, Islands. The Contemporary Pacific 13(2): 417-466.


Jolly, Margaret (2002). Serene and Unsettling Journeys: Reflections on the Oceanic in Robin White’s Time to Go. Paper delivered for Art and Anthropology: Perspectives. November 6-8, 2002. Paris, France.


Terence Wesley-Smith: Moving Cultures: Internet Innovations

Wesley-Smith, Terence (2003). Net Gains: Pacific Studies in Cyberspace.  The Contemporary Pacific 15(1):117-136.


Friday, July 11

Curriculum Discussion



Week Three, July 14 - July 18: Pacific Voices / Pacific Literatures



Monday, July 14

Vilsoni Hereniko: Inside / Out: Pacific Literature & Cultural Politics

Sharrad, Paul (1990). Imagining the Pacific. Meanjin 49(4): 597-606.


Wendt, Albert (1995). Introduction. Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Pp. 1-8.


Grace, Patricia (1999). Influences on Writing. In Inside Out. V. Hereniko & R. Wilson, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 65-74.

Hereniko, Vilsoni (2000). Mapping the Territory : Emerging Writers in the Pacific. Conversations: Occasional Writing from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies 1(2): 26-34. December 2000. The Australian National University Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Once Were Warriors


Hereniko, Vili (2003). An Interview with Alan Duff. In Inside Out. V. Hereniko & R. Wilson, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp.119-133.

Thompson, Christina A. (2003) In Whose Face? An Essay on the Work of Alan Duff. In Inside Out. V. Hereniko & R. Wilson, eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 105-118.

Tuesday, July 15

Houston Wood: New Practices of Literary and Cultural Studies

Wendt, A. (1993). Towards a New Oceania. In P. Sharrad, ed. Readings in Pacific Literature. Wollongong: New Literatures Research Ctr. Pp. 9-19.



       Wood, Houston (Forthcoming).  Cultural Studies for Oceania. The Contemporary Pacific15(2).


Wednesday, July 16

Caroline Sinavaiana: Myth, Memory and Pacific Writing

Tawake, Sandra (2000). Transforming the Insider/Outsider Perspective: Postcolonial Fiction from the Pacific. The Contemporary Pacific 12(1):155-175.


Wendt, Albert (1999). Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body. In Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics and Identity in the New Pacific. Lanham, MD: Rowman   Pp. 399-412.


Thursday, July 17

Albert Wendt: Pacific Literature: A Conversation


Wendt, Albert (1999). Tatauing the Post-Colonial Body. In Inside Out: Literature,  Cultural Politics and Identity in the New Pacific. Lanham, MD: Rowman   Pp. 399-412.



Merata Mita (1992) Indigenous Literature in a Colonial Society. In Te Ao Maräma: Regaining Aotearoa: Maori Writers Speak Out. Witi Ihimaera, ed.  Volume 2 He Whakaatanga O Te Ao: The Reality. Pp.310-314.

Wendt, Albert (1987). Leaves of the Banyan Tree. New York: Penguin.

Wendt, Albert (1995). Ola. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.


Reina Whaitiri: Maori Women Poets

Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Robert Sullivan, eds. (2003). Whetu Moana. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2003. Selections.


Friday, July 18

Curriculum Discussion



Week Four, July 21-25: Imag(in)ing Oceania


Monday, July 21

Vilsoni Hereniko: New Visions: Representing the Pacific in Film

Langton, Marcia (1993). The Politics of Aboriginal Representation. Well. I Heard it on the Radio and I Saw it on the Television. North Sydney: Australian Film Commission, Pp. 22-43.


Tuesday, July 22

Caroline Sinavaiana : Teaching the Pacific Through Film

Simei-Barton, Justine (1997). Tala Pasifika – Pacific Voices on Film. Wasafiri 25:73-77.


Ginsburg, F. 1994. Embedded Aesthetics: Creating a Discursive Space for Indigenous Media. Cultural Anthropology 9(3):365-382.


Wednesday, July 23

Barry Barclay: Maori Filmmaking: Recent Interventions

Barclay, Barry (1999). The Vibrant Shimmer. The Contemporary Pacific 11(2): 390-413.



Barclay, Barry (2002). Fourth Cinema. Lecture presented to the Film and Media Studies Department, Auckland University. September 17, 2002.

Barclay, Barry (2000). Keynote Address, 10th Biennial Australia and New Zealand Film and History Conference. Wellington. Dec. 2, 2000.

Barclay, Barry (2003). An Open Letter to John Barnett. For Onfilm. February 2003.


Thursday, July 24

Teresia Teaiwa: Visual Cultures of the Pacific: Art, Film, Performance

Mallon, S. and Pereira, P. F., 2002. Pacific Art Niu Sila: Introduction. In Mallon, Sean and Pereira, Pandora, F., eds. Pacific Art Niu Sila: The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts. Wellington: Te Papa Press, Pp 7-19.



Smith, Bernard (2000). Constructing “Pacific” peoples. In Borofsky, ed. Pp. 152-168.

Teaiwa, Teresia (1999). Reading Gauguin’s Noa Noa with Hau’ofa’s Nederends: Militourism, Feminism and the ‘Polynesian’ Body. In Vilsoni Hereniko and Rob Wilson, eds. Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific. Boulder, Colorado: Rowman and Littlefield, Pp. 249-264.

Sarina Pearson, Sarina (1999). Subversion and Ambivalence: Pacific Islanders on New Zealand Prime Time. The Contemporary Pacific 11(2):361- 388.


Friday, July 25

Curriculum Discussion



Week Five, July 28 – August 1: New Pacific: Traveling Cultures



Monday, July 28

Kehaulani Kauanui: Pacific Diaspora(s)

Kauanui, J. Kehaulani (1998). Off-Island Hawaiians “Making” Ourselves at “Home”: A [Gendered] Contradiction in Terms? Women's Studies International Forum 21(6):681-693.



Teaiwa, Teresia (1998). Yaqona/Uagoqu: The Roots and Routes of a Displaced Native. UTS Review 4(1): 92-106. Also Dreadlocks 1997(1):7-19.

Tuesday, July 29

Katerina Teaiwa: Between our Islands: Flows of Popular Music and Dance

Henderson, April (in press). Between Our Islands We Dance: Hip Hop and Samoan Diaspora. In Dipa Basu and Sidney J. Lemelle, eds., The Vinyl Ain't Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture. London: Pluto Press.


Taouma, Lisa (2002). The Evolving of Pasifika Dance in New Zealand. In  Pacific Art Niu Sila : The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts. Editors, Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira. Wellington, N.Z. : Te Papa Press.
Zemke-White, Kirsten (2002). Pacific Engagement with Popular Music in New Zealand. In Pacific Art Niu Sila : The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts. Editors, Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira. Wellington, N.Z. : Te Papa Press.

Kinder, Marsha (2003). Honoring the Past and Creating the Future in Cyberspace: New Technologies and Cultural Specificity. The Contemporary Pacific 15(1): 93-115.

Alan Howard: Islands on the Web

Howard, Alan (1999). Pacific-based virtual communities: Rotuma on the World Wide Web. The Contemporary Pacific 11(1):160-175.


Wednesday, July 30

Epeli Hau’ofa: Our Sea of Islands

Hau’ofa, Epeli (1998). The Ocean in Us. The Contemporary Pacific. 10(2): 392-410.


Hau'ofa, Epeli (1993). Our Sea of Islands. In E. Waddell, V. Naidu & E. Hau’ofa, eds. A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands. Suva: USP. Pp. 2-16.


Teaiwa, Teresia (1995). Scholarship from a Lazy Native. In Work in Flux, edited by Emma Greenwood, Andrew Sartori and Klaus Neumann. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. Pp:58- 72

Thursday, July 31

no readings assigned (Work on final projects)


Friday, August 1

Discussion of projects and future plans


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