New Publication: The Pacific Arts Association Newsletter, Number 27, December 2010

Number 27, December 2010
Table of Contents

Message from President Michael Gunn

It has been an interesting year for the PAA. Our 10th International Symposium which was held in Rarotonga in August 2010 brought us together and enabled us to meet many of our Polynesian colleagues from the Cook Islands, Tonga, French Polynesia, and many other places in the Pacific. It was a conference to remind us of our focus and our interest, and one to let us know how global we are and how easily we can communicate nowadays. It was also a reminder to us of our responsibilities to ensure that we work with people from the Pacific when we write and publish our work on their cultural heritage. We were so happy when we were publicly challenged by Cook Islanders to work with them, for they gave us an opportunity that some of us were quick to take up. Already the fruits of this cooperation are becoming apparent.  I would like to thank the University of the South Pacific at Rarotonga, who not only hosted the symposium but also carried the main financial burden of this important event.  A special and heartfelt thanks to Rod Dixon and his staff for their professional and dedicated work in organizing the symposium, and making it such a success.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the Executive committee’s decision to hold the Pacific Arts Association’s XIth International symposium, in Vancouver, Canada, at the University of Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.  The dates are yet to be decided, and will be announced in our next newsletter.

We acquired a new board member - Tarisi Vunidilo - who is very active in PIMA (Pacific Islands Museums Association), and already we have plans to activate the Pacific branch of the PAA, following the lead of the European branch and the North American branch. The first PAA (Pacific) meeting is posited to take place in Auckland in conjunction with the Pasifika Festival around 7-14 March, 2011. I wish the best for the New Year, and hope to see you all again soon.

Pacific Arts Association's 10th International Symposium
Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 9 – 11 August 2010

 The Conference held on the lush island of Rarotonga in August was attended by over 150 members from around the world, with a large contingent of Pacific artists and students-- many of whom were subsidized by the PAA-- as participants. With a program of panels and some 80 speakers presenting papers on varying aspects of the theme Museums, New Global Communities and Future Trends packed into the three day symposium, such contemporary and contentious issues as the equal participation of Islanders in the study of their own cultures, the possible (mis)use of the internet as a substitute for the actual repatriation of pieces, and the apparent lack of respect implied by the mispronunciation of indigenous names by Western specialists, made for engaging discourse in the question-and-answer periods following presentations.

The issue of repatriation of Pacific art to its islands of origin gave foreign academics and native Polynesian artists and scholars a chance to exchange their opinions regarding this critical topic.

Though the Pacific Arts Association symposium was not open to the public, post-conference exhibitions and functions were free and lectures, presentations and panels ended in both official and unofficial celebrations--four of which were open to the public.

During the time of the conference, Samoan artist Nanette Lela’ulu presented her work at an exhibition entitled In the House of My Heart at The Art Studio in Arorangi. Her paintings are inspired by Rarotongan people and landscapes that she encountered during a three-month residency here.

NZ-based media artist Janet Lilo staged an exhibition of her video art at the Beachcomber Contemporary Art gallery. Concurrently, the Akaoa hall hosted a tivaevae exhibition, on the heels of a number of lectures pertaining to them at the symposium.

Symposium participants also attended the launch of a special Pacific edition of Art Monthly Australia magazine, while those with  performing arts experience put on a on a show at Staircase. Some members of Pacific Sisters, the iconic Pacific entertainers, performed alongside other artists and academics who gave readings and recited poetry. A number of presenters at the symposium have worked with and written about the Pacific Sisters.

Well-known Tongan artist Filipe Tohi, a long-time visitor to the Cook Islands, completed an artist-in-residency on Mangaia in 2004 and has since inspired many local artists.  A master of lalava , and a carver, painter and sculptor, Tohi is also doing research for a filmed documentary on lashing.  

Okusitino Mahina and Kolokesa Uafa Mahina-Tuai and Semisi Fetokai Potauaine launched their recently published book Tatau: Fenapasi 'oe Fepaki (Tatau: Symmetry, Harmony &Beauty) at the PAA symposium. Produced in collaboration with Jocelyne Dudding, the publication accompanied an exhibition of new sculptures by Tongan artist Semisi Fetokai Potauaine, Commonwealth Connections International Artist in Residence for 2010, at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The book explores the philosophies that motivate Potauaine's work."

The recently published book by Adrienne Kaeppler – “The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art” - was also presented to PAA members at the symposium.  The book includes essays focusing on 1000 items in the Blackburn collection, which come from more than a dozen islands and island groups. Selected paintings, drawings, engravings and photographs, from the collection, give cultural and historical context to the artifacts and the essays. Among the items selected for the book, are those associated with James Cook's 18th-century explorations and Kamehameha the Great; Adm. Abel Aubert du Petit Thouars; Queen Pomare of Tahiti; and Chief Cakobau of Fiji.

Mark Blackburn and Adrienne Kaeppler worked together in Tonga in 1998 when they set up the special exhibition for the opening of the Tonga National Museum on the 80th birthday of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

More information, local news about the exhibitions and other events surrounding the Conference, and more photographs can be found at

For a complete book of abstracts of the Conference presentations see

(With thanks to Jacqui Durrant's review in Art Monthly Australia)

 Presentation of Manu Daula award

by Christian Kaufmann to Karen Stevenson

In August 2010, in the context of the International PAA Conference in Rarotonga, Karen Stevenson received the MANU DAULA award. PAA membership voted to grant her this award for her outstanding achievement in and dedication to the arts of the Pacific. 

Stevenson, of Tahitian descent, was born in Los Angeles; she holds degrees from the Universities of Hawaii and California and is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury's School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, NZ where she lives today.

The award-winning Stevenson's paper at this PAA conference, Abstraction in the Art of Filipe Tohi, also present at the symposium, elaborated on the fact that abstract art – a relatively new phenomenon in the West – has always been an integral part of Pacific art.

Stevenson is the author of The Frangipani is Dead- Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand 1985-2000, published in 2008 and is an editor, together with Virginia Webb, of Re-presenting Pacific Art. ( (

The Frangipani is Dead examines key artists and studies the inspiration and concerns that are the source of their art, examining it within the framework of the contemporary socio-political landscape of the period, with particular reference to Maori sovereignty. Reference: 

The award itself, a bronze medallion, was designed by Paul and Betty Beadle. Paul was a professor at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University.

 PAA Europe Annual Conference in Leiden, Netherlands, 14-16 April 2011

From Curator Oceania Dr. Fanny Wonu Veys at the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden - National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, comes the news that the next PAA Europe Annual Conference will be held there in the context of the Mana Maori exhibition (closing May 2011). The theme of this year's meeting will be Museums and their relationship with Pacific Peoples.

The Mana Maori exhibition features ornately carved woodwork, jewellery, and garments which bring the Maori culture alive. The fine Maori museum pieces, acquired thanks to the financial support from the BankGiroLoterij and the Rembrandt Association, have a central role. Modern art from various New Zealand artists, such as George Nuku, Lisa Reihana and Lyonel Grant is also included in the exhibition which focuses attention on tattoos and the Haka dance, along with the flora and fauna of the beautiful country of New Zealand. In addition, a 14 metre waka created in situ at the Museum from a single 700 year old kauri tree, and officially presented to it in October 2010, is a highlight of the exhibition.

Call for Papers

Opportunities for encounters, dialogues, and sharing of information have grown more frequent. The access of Pacific communities to collections and archives, for example, contributes to their documentation; commissioning Pacific artists promotes and continues local artistic cultures and complements institutions' collections; expressing Pacific voices and rights to cultural difference is facilitated through participation in exhibitions and scholarly events. Collaborative projects have contributed in past decades to museums becoming of increasing importance in shaping cultural politics, both at the national and international level. 

Papers focusing on the theme ‘Museums and their relationships with Pacific Peoples’ could deal with the following issues:

  • How do ethnographic exhibition projects incorporate the perspectives of members of the represented cultures and their descendants both in the exhibition process as in the displays themselves?
  • How to find partners among Pacific Peoples and ethnographic museums willing to define areas and goals of collaboration?
  • What is the potential of specific types of cooperation, especially in relation to concepts of Cultural heritage, both material and intangible?
  • How does one engage with historic material while acknowledging contemporary Pacific situations?

Symposium Registration Information

Registration and further information regarding the Conference will be emailed directly to members. Questions may be addressed to

  Forthcoming International Conferences

The New York CAA Conference February 22-25, 2011

As a benefit of its affiliation with the College Art Association, the PAA hosts a session of papers at the annual CAA conference. 

The PAA Affiliated Session at the 2011 CAA Annual Conference Documenting Oceania after the 20th Century, chaired by Bernida Webb-Binder, presents how artists and scholars document identity in the first decade of the 21st century through art and visual culture in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Discussing expressive forms such as film, poetry, the museum, and the Internet, the participants will bring into perspective the many ways in which geopolitics, indignity, diaspora, collecting, and technology converge to communicate narratives about the regions in the 10 years after 2000. This panel significantly redefines the form and purpose of the "documentary" as a point of reference for scholarship about art and identity about Oceania going forward into the next decades of the century.

To view the list of presenters and abstracts, please visit Current PAA at CAA at

For more about the CAA, including membership information and the full conference schedule, please visit the web site at<

North Sea, South Seas: Research Futures in Pacific Studies
Center for Pacific Studies, St. Andrews and Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group
In early 2011 the Centre will host the third annual colloquium in this continuing series of workshops on Pacific anthropology, bringing together scholars in the UK and Europe. The first colloquium was held in CPS in 2008-09 and in 2009-10 CPS was invited to visit the University of Bergen’s Pacific Research Group. There is now a reciprocal agreement with Bergen to go turn and turn-about to ensure continuing links between the two centers and especially to foster research synergies between graduate students
Scholarships for Masters and PhD studies
The Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the University of East Anglia, UK, offers scholarships to support postgraduate students on its programmes, including those specializing in Oceania. 
Deadline for application: 1 March 2011. Further information:
From the Pacific News from Manoa newsletter comes the following information on upcoming conference:
Pacific Islands and Hawai'i Museum Associations
The Pacific Islands Museum Association and the Hawai'i Museums Association will co-host the 2011 annual meeting of the Western Museums Association, to be held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, 23-26 September 2011. For more information, see the Hawai'i Museums Association website at
This will be the first Western Museums Association Conference held in Hawaii that will include participation from PIMA. PAA members are warmly invited to participate.


Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands
Bowers Museum Santa Ana, California 
Closes 31 December 2010

Photographer Chris Rainier guest curates this exhibition of art from the South Pacific. Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, this comprehensive exhibition highlights masterworks from the three cultural regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. 

Lapita: Oceanian Ancestors
Musée du quai Branly, Paris in collaboration with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre
Closes 9 January 2011

The LAPITA, Oceanic ancestors exhibition showcases a panorama of the Lapita ceramic tradition through an exceptional selection of objects and fragments of objects originating mainly from New Caledonia and Vanuatu. This is the first international exhibition on the subject of the Lapita ceramic tradition which is historically linked to the first settlement of Austronesian language speakers in the Southwest Pacific, from the middle of the second millennium BC. These potteries, the first fragments of which were discovered in the beginning of the 20th century, remain the most identifiable archaeological markers of the spread of these populations… The exhibition traces a reflection of these objects in the patterns of current artistic productions from the Pacific region through contemporary objects from Vanuatu: mats, baskets, etc.
Kura Pounamu: Treasured Stone of Aotearoa New Zealand
National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Closes February 2011
Kura Pounamu is a rich exhibition showcasing two hundred fabulous taonga (treasured objects) examples of this stone, its origins, and stories of the special relationship people have with pounamu.
James Cook and the Discovery of the South Seas
Musée Historique de Berne, Switzerland 
Closes 13 February 2011
With over 500 exhibits from European museums and private collections the exhibition documents both James Cook’s journeys to the end of the world and their results. It showcases precious cultural documents from the peoples of the Pacific archipelago and the north-western coast of North America, among them impressive feather images, decorated bark cloth and carvings, as well as every-day objects.
Rituals of Life 
On display for all of 2011 
Ethnological Museum of the Vatican Museums
"Rituals of Life" is a journey through the spirituality and culture of the Aboriginal people of Australia.  The exhibition, collated by Fr. Nicola Mapelli, Curator of the Ethnological Collections of the Vatican Museums, with the support and collaboration of the National Museum of Australia . The objects of the exhibition were prepared and organized thanks to the care and competent restoration undertaken on the works of art displayed by the Poly-Material laboratory of the Vatican Museums. In the leading up to the exhibition, Fr. Nicola Mapelli with Katherine Aigner; a representative of the National Museum of Australia who researched the collection, traveled extensively to Aboriginal communities, mainly in Western Australia and the Tiwi Islands to reconnect with the descendents of the Aboriginal people who sent their works to the Vatican almost one century ago as a gift to Pope Pious XI.
Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art
Honululu Academy of Arts
Closes 9 January 2011
The Academy highlights its important but little seen collection of Southeast Asian Art. On view are approximately 150 works of art from Thailand and Cambodia, many of which have never been displayed at the museum.
Visitors travel through time and regions via three sections: The Neolithic and Bronze ages in Thailand and Cambodia; the Khmer kingdom, which dominated the central Southeast Asian peninsula from the 9th through the 15th centuries; and the Sukhothai kingdom, generally considered the first major Thai kingdom and the progenitor of the modern Thai state, which flourished from the 13th through the 15th centuries. The exhibition will cover the artistic and cultural developments of three important Southeast Asian cultures (Ban Chiang, Khmer, and Sukhothai) over more than 4,000 years, going from vibrantly decorated Neolithic earthenware ceramics to a dazzling gold Buddhist sculpture.
Over 50 percent of the FAMSF objects in the exhibition are on view for the first time, including a recently rediscovered ceremonial cloth (kumo) from the T’boli people of Mindanao, Philippines. Measuring 74 x 84 inches and woven in three panels sewn together, the cloth is made from abaca and dyed with a warp-resist (ikat). Characteristic of the T’boli ikat weaving, the cloth is dyed in a rich and sophisticated color scheme of black and red set off by intricate ikat patterns drawn in the natural abaca. This cloth is part of a larger collection of fine and rare textiles from the Philippines gifted to the museum in 1938 by Mrs. Gustave Brenner. Despite being in the collection for over 70 years, this will be the first time this exquisite cloth will be exhibited. 
Woven Vessels: A Group Show
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center 
Closes February 11, 2011
Featuring works by Bernice Akamine, Pam Barton, Mark Chai, Michael Mortara, Misato Mortara, Mika McCann, Scott Fitzel, and Gail Toma
Comprised of a remarkably diverse range of media: glass, wood, found objects, and fiber, Woven Vessels features the works of eight innovative artists who consistently push the boundaries of the age-old craft of weaving. Sharing similar processes and technical attributes, the dynamic media—skillfully manipulated by each artist—celebrates the many forms of the “vessel” and presents an evocative look at the evolving boundaries between functional and sculptural art.
Showcasing the ancient and limitless “vessel” shape as it is created through the universal technique of weaving, this exhibition provides an examination of fundamental design elements—space, line, balance, color, shape, texture, form and value—to highlight the “re-invention” of timeless concepts and aesthetic themes.
Dream Traces. Australian Aboriginal Bark Paintings
Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland
Closes February 17, 2011
The Dream Traces exhibition brings together the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève’s fascinating collection of bark paintings – 43 paintings gathered between 1955 and 2010 – and 30 artworks borrowed from other Swiss institutions in Basel, Neuchâtel and Môtiers. These works, which were collected on site in northern Australia, are presented through seven themes covering secular and sacred life, animals, spirits and myths as a better way of questioning the relationship between art, identity, politics and the market.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
February 27, 2011
Bringing together a range of works from the collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, Unnerved engages with New Zealand’s changing social, political and cultural landscape as the country navigates its indigenous settler and migrant histories. Including Lorene Taurerewa. 
Remembering Forward: Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960
Museum Ludwig, Cologne 
Closes March 20, 2011.
In the exhibition “Remembering Forward”, the Museum Ludwig presents works by Paddy Bedford, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Queenie McKenzie, Dorothy Napangardi, Rover Thomas, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjalpaltjarri, Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and painting on bark of Binyinyuwuy, Tom Djawa, Gunguyuma and Samuel Lipundja from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Nineoutstanding artists whose work spans the last forty years of contemporary Australian Indigenous painting in the Central and Western Deserts and the Kimberley region. Bark paintings from Arnhem Land will complement this selection. These works were acquired by Tony Tuckson and Stuart Scougall for the Art Gallery of New South Wales around 1960, thus receiving early recognition as equals of Western works of art.  These works by nine outstanding artists represent the creative interpenetration of tradition and modernity, placing particular emphasis on the artists behind the works, whose individual styles and developments become clear.
Sa Moana: The Sea Inside- A solo exhibition by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
CN Gorman Museum, UC Davis
Closes March 13, 2011
A solo exhibition of Dan Taulapapa McMullin's work work, Sa Moana: The Sea Inside, will also open on January 6, 2011 at the CN Gorman Museum at UC Davis.
In search of an indigenous Oceania visual language that expresses the complexities of contemporary life of Pacific Islanders, American Samoan artist McMullin will present new work developed recently in the Cook Islands, in the Fiji Islands and in California. Sa Moana: The Sea Inside is a collection of oil paintings and installation sculptures that addresses issues of tsunami, climate change, the indigenous body, communal traditions, and urban change. From indigenous icons and social media images, Taulapapa investigates the critical position of Pacific Islanders in contemporary Oceania in works that challenge perceptions about Polynesian art.
Mana Takatapui: Taera Tane
29 January – 10 April 
Includes Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Tanu Gago, and Fear Brampton. 
Deane Gallery of City Gallery, Wellington
Edge of Elsewhere
14 January – 13 March  
Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that brings together contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia, and the Pacific to develop new work in partnership with Sydney communities. This exhibition features Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, Shigeyuki Kihara, Kimsooja, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sasabi, Wang Jianwei, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
Shigeyuki Kihara will present the 5th performance in her Talonoa; Walk the Talk performance series. This is a new commission for Edge of Elsewhere.
Gallery 4A
Special Performance: Talonoa; Walk the Talk V, Thursday, January 14 at 10am
Dixon Street Mall, Sydney
Campbelltown Arts Centre
January 16 - March 14, 2010
Asia Pacific Cultural Features Forum: Saturday, January 16, 2pm.
For additional information, please visit ArtsHub.
For further updates on conferences and/or exhibitions that may be of interest, please visit the Announcements page of the PAA website.
For publications of interest please visit
The most recent Journal, 2010 No 1, New Series Vol 9 features the following contributions:  Painting's Role in Shaping Our Understanding of Sepik Art (Part 2) by Christian Kaufmann;  Face of Time: A Tattooed Maori Gourd by  Patricia Owen; "Compelled to record my impressions": An Artist's View of the Pacific Shipping World, Max Quanchi, Jean-Louis Boglio and the following reviews:    "From Little Things Big Things Grow", by Susan Cochrane; "Pacific Storms: A Contemporary Pacific Art Exhibition" by Prue Ahrens and Expanding Oceania: A Review of Art in the Contemporary Pacific 2009 by  Dr. Pamela Zeplin. The journal is edited by Anne Allen, with copy editor and designer Molly Huber.
Call for Articles
A call for articles on the art of the Pacific region, especially papers on all topics pertinent to the visual and performing arts of the peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia, and Indonesia, for future Journals remains in place along with a request for suggestions for special issues devoted to particular topics or regions, as well as for books, exhibitions, videos, etc., for review. 
For more information on submission of articles please visit:
Volunteer Peer Reviewers needed 
The Pacific Arts Journal needs volunteers to peer review articles submitted to the journal. We hope to compile a list of qualified individuals. If you are interested please send your name, email address, and a brief summary of your expertise to Anne Allen at
Tarisi Vunidilo named to PAA Executive Committee
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA), Tarisi Vunidilo has joined the Executive Committee as its Pacific Representative and its second Pacific member. Vunidilo, Fiji’s first female archeologist, is a graduate of the University of Waikato who has occupied several important positions at the Fiji Museum, Waikato Museum of Arts and History, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Creative New Zealand and other cultural organizations.
The New Gallery of Oceanic Art at the The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The freshly reinstalled Faith-dorian and Martin Wright Oceanic Art Gallery in the recently renewed Israel Museum, Jerusalem is in a new space where it presents the visitor with an in depth view of the best of the Museum’s holdings of art from Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Island South East Asia. 
Over 200 pieces have been chosen from the Museum collection accumulated over the past 80 years, thanks to the Wrights and other major donors.   Even prior to the construction of the Israel Museum, which opened in 1965, individual objects, and often complete collections from Oceania were offered to the museum by donors who felt they would contribute to the education of the Israeli viewer, likely to have few opportunities of actually encountering such far off cultures. Today, the Oceanic Gallery draws a public which is curious but also well and widely traveled and therefore more critical. 
The exhibit focuses on ritual and functional objects through which the skilled artistry and masterful craftsmanship unique to these cultures is seen.  In the Polynesian section, for instance, a variety of labor-intensive techniques – such as can be seen in the ceremonial objects from the Maori, Cook Island and Austral cultures are presented.  Highlights include  the double headed Easter Island figure collected in 1870, the 18th century ivory Tonga female figure, an ivory Marquesas tiki, to name but a few.  In addition, the expanded space of the new Gallery allows for the display of Australian Aboriginal art and recently acquired objects from Indonesia and the Yami culture of Taiwan. 
As a part of the Fine Arts wing of the Israel Museum, the Gallery, which is divided into geographical regions, opens with a major focus on its Papua New Guinea material, emphasizing its large anthropomorphic sculptures. A large keweke mask and a display of gope boards placed to either side of these figures create a dramatic impression of a ritual environment.  The art of Melanesia and especially Papua New Guinea is given a center stage position as these constitute the largest part of the collection.  A large private collection of artifacts from this area was one of the earliest donations to the museum.
On the floor of the gallery an animated map of the three Cook voyages screens objects coming from the same areas as visited by Cook, which can then be viewed in the Gallery itself. On the Polynesian tapa display cabinet wall a multi-media display shows  a video of tapa making, while objects collected by the German Hiltrup mission in Micronesia are presented nearby along with the original catalogue cards which were a part of their donation.
The proliferation of Oceanic arts in every possible medium, from wood and stone, to leaves and feathers enliven the Gallery. Reflected here are the recurrent themes of fertility, initiation, and social status, and occasional references to headhunting and ritual cannibalism which animate Island art.   The heritage of Oceanic art is one of the richest in the world and the Israel Museum delights in the opportunity to share it with its viewing public.
Peter Gathercole (1929 - 2010)
It is with great sadness that the Pacific Arts Association announces the death of Peter Gathercole on 11 October 2010.
A founding member of PAA, Peter's professional and scholarly interests combined Pacific ethnography, archaeology and museum studies. Trained in archaeology and anthropology at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology in London, he took up a Lectureship in Anthropology at the University of Otago from 1958 to 1968 where he became Head of Department and also worked at the Otago Museum alongside HD Skinner.
Peter returned to England in 1968 where he was Lecturer in Ethnology and Curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Principal Curator (Director) at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from 1970 - 1981 and Dean of Darwin College Cambridge until his retirement in 1981. Indefatigable, he continued with research and writing until a few weeks before his death.
Peter was a generous and enthusiastic colleague and a tremendous source of inspiration to generations of students and museum professionals. He is greatly missed by many. A more detailed obituary along with appreciations of his life and work will be published in the next edition of the Pacific Arts Journal.
Roger Neich (1944- 2010)
The Auckland Museum paid tribute to its retired Ethnology Curator Dr. Roger Neich, who died 27 September 2010, describing him as a leading world authority on Maori and Pacific art. 
“Dr. Neich was a much respected and loved distinguished colleague and anthropologist who specialized in Maori and Pacific art,” Auckland Museum Interim Director Sir Don McKinnon said Tuesday 28 September 2010. 
“He was prodigious as a researcher and writer, and made a major contribution to the knowledge base and appreciation of Maori carving and kowhaiwhai art through a long and celebrated career. He will be sadly missed by his many friends here at Auckland Museum, and our thoughts and love are with his family, friends and former colleagues.” 
Dr. Neich had been extensively published and was recognized internationally for his work. 
“He championed the growth of the Ethnology collections in his care and the development of recorded knowledge relating to them. The public face of museums involved intellectual input into innovative displays and giving his best each day to scholars or members of the public who came through the door.”
Born in Petone, Wellington in February 1944, Dr. Neich obtained a BSc, MA and PhD. His fieldwork was carried out throughout the Pacific, notably in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and New Zealand. In 1980-1982 he undertook research at the University of California, Berkeley after being awarded a National Research Advisory Council Postgraduate Research Fellowship. 
He was the Ethnologist at the National Museum of New Zealand 1969-1986, then became Curator of Ethnology at Auckland Museum in 1986, a position he held till ill health led to his retirement in 2009. 
He was co-curator of the Māori exhibition at the British Museum, London, in 1996. In addition to his work at the Museum, Dr. Neich was appointed Professor of Anthropology at the University of Auckland in 2000.
Maryanne Tefft Force (1930-2010)
Maryanne Tefft Force died at the age of 80 in Honolulu. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Roland W. Force, PhD, former Director of the Bishop Museum and of the Museum of the American Indian N.Y.  Together with her husband she published several books and catalogues about museum histories and art collections, notably “The Fuller Collection of Pacific Island Artifacts” (Field Museum Chicago) and “The Heye and the Mighty”: the story of the Museum of the American Indian.  Maryanne and her husband also published field studies of Pacific islands, particularly Palau.  For the past 10 years, Maryanne Force worked on an historical account of the voyages of Captain William Trotter who in the late 18th century sailed the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Her book will be published in the near future.
Assistant Curator of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History
Search deadline: 30 January 2011
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York is inviting applications for an Assistant Curator position (tenure track) in the Division of Anthropology. Although candidates are invited to apply regardless of geographical interest, they are especially interested in those with expertise in Pacific/Oceania. 
AMNH curatorships are defined as research positions: prior experience with museum collections is not a requirement, though would be considered a positive attribute. Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. degree before the expected employment start date (July1, 2011). To receive the fullest consideration, applications should be received no later than January 30, 2011.
The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and the Museum’s first scientific department was Anthropology, established in 1873. The current Division of Anthropology comprises five curators and a support staff of 30. Current curators specialize in North American archaeology, North American ethnology, Mesoamerican archaeology, African ethnology, and Asian ethnology. The collections of the Division number more than 500,000 objects, including biological specimens and artifacts from past and current cultures around the world.
For complete requirements and further information visit
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As 2010 draws to a close, I am happy to present our members with this winter edition of the PAA Newsletter.
The Cook Islands symposium was a great success thanks to Rod Dixon, his staff and many other Cook islanders. Rod wrote: "It was our very great pleasure to host PAA and I think it will have many positive and unforeseen impacts in this small community for some time to come. You have left all of us with a great deal to think about." 
During the symposium, the International Executive Committee was elected for a new term.  Tarisi Vunidilo was co-opted by the new Committee in the follow-up of the symposium as our second Pacific representative.   Molly Huber who unfortunately had to discontinue her successful activity as treasurer was replaced by Christian Kauffman, who will function as interim treasurer (a list of the present members and their functions can be found at www. 
PAA-E will be meeting in Leiden in April; please note again that the deadline for papers is February 15th. A personal reminder will be sent out again soon.
Many thanks to Frances Barrow of Tel-Aviv, and the Israel Museum’s, technical team for their assistance in bringing this newsletter to you. 
Wishing all of you, a happy holiday season, and a very joyous 2011.
Dorit Shafir













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