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.
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.
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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).
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 »
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.