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I YAU VAKA-VITI: Fijian Treasures in International Museums- A study of museums and repatriation

Ni sa bula vinaka and warm Pacific Greetings!
I am delighted to share the research I am doing for Pacific collections in international museums. Even though my focus will be on Fijian collections, it is envisaged that my research results will surely be applicable to other Pacific collections. My final thesis will indeed benefit Pacific based museums as well as international museums that are currently managing these artifacts in their collections.

Artefacts of Encounter: 1765-1840

(The group examine the unique Maori sail at the British Museum, London 2012. (Left to right: Polly Bence, Kaaterina Kerekere, Rawinia Kutia, Billie Lythberg, Wayne Ngata, Jack Brooking, Maia Nuku).  read more »

Marshall Islands Mat Weaving Revived and Revitalized

Figure 1: Dr. Irene Taafaki, Director of the University of the South Pacific, Marshall Islands, and Betty Kam, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s Director of Cultural Collections ponder selections of 19th century mats for the 2012 exhibit in Majuro, Marquis Marsan, Cultural Specialist looks on.  read more »

PAA 11th International Symposium August 6-9, 2013

Art of Pax Jakupa

Pax Jakupa is the son of the late Jakupa Ako one of the first students to be admitted to the Create Arts Centre in Port Moresby in 1974.
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Home AKL at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki

Woven together through talanoa (dialogue) the recent exhibition Home AKL at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki explores ideas of home and belonging.  read more »

The Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies USP Update

 
 
Image: Tui Cagica as Uli in Drua, Wave of Fire. Hand colored Photograph by Kate Hawkes
 
The Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies housed at the University of the South Pacific balances academics with the visual

Fijian Art Research Project

 
Steven Hooper, Karen Jacobs, Katrina Igglesden and Lucie Carreau look at the back of a whale ivory and pearl shell breastplate during a 2011 project meeting at the MAA (photo: Fijian Art Research Project).

 

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Featured Artist: Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Tufuga Valiata, Notes on Painting

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, 'O Taulaitu, Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas, 48 inches x 48 inches, 2012

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The International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012

The International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012 saw more than 400 researchers from around the world forging links and sharing knowledge over four days in Auckland. The 5th biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) conference, held 27th–30th June, was all-encompassing and multi-disciplinary, and welcomed indigenous scholars and allied researchers from many different research fields and nations.  read more »

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