In Patterns of the Past authors Therese Mangos and John Utanga trace the history and practice of tattooing (tātatau) in the Cook Islands through the ancient oral traditions of its people, reports of often repressive early Western visitors and rich archival material.
More than a survey of times gone by, Patterns of the Past also looks at the renaissance of this art form through the eyes of some its most important contemporary tātatau artists. read more »
The most recent issue of the Journal of Museum Studies, published by theCollege of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma includes a book review of Oceania at the Tropenmuseum. It can be found at the following website: http://www.ou.edu/cls/jms/current_issue.html
Fatu Feu’u On Life & Art
by Shona Jennings
photography by Evotia Tamua
Fatu Feu’u is an internationally recognised Samoan-New Zealand artist. He has been pivotal in shaping the interest in contemporary Pacific art globally and nurturing a generation of Pacific artists locally, leading to his reputation as the Father of contemporary Pacific art. read more »
Despite its extraordinary cultural and biological diversity, the Pacific is the most under-represented sub-region on the World Heritage List. To redress this imbalance, the Pacific 2009 Programme (2000-2009) was elaborated through several regional consultations and launched in 2003. read more »
Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Duke University Press).
The book investigates the role of hula in the American colonization of Hawai'i, paying particular attention to hula performances that toured throughout the United States beginning in the late nineteenth century.
Header photos (left to right): Performance by Te Pua O Feani, July 21, 2005; Children's Story (Water Dreaming of Two Children), Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, acrylic on composition board, 1972; IL IAMB NAI? POMBRAL MOLGA KUNDUL AL? WHO IS THIS PERSON? BLACK OR WHITE? Performance by Michael Mel, April 28, 2007. Rotator photos (numbers one through four): Fiji Project gathering in front of a Masi Kesa from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, Re-presenting Pacific Art. Edited by Karen Stevenson and Virginia-Lee Webb, Australia: Crawford House Publishing, 2010, Dan Taulapapa McMillin, 'O Taulaitu, Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas, 2012, PAA 11th International Symposium at the University of British Columbia, 2013.