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THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY
Volume 110 MARCH 2001 Number 1
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Volume 110 MARCH 2001 Number 1
NOTES AND NEWS
Errata and Apology
Please note that the December 2000 issue was erroneously given the volume number 110. It should, of course, read “vol. 109” on the cover and elsewhere. The error was made in January when the editor's mind was in 2001.
Contributors of This Issue
Raymond Firth needs no biographical note for readers of this Journal. A New Zealander by birth and upbringing—including an undergraduate degree at the Auckland College of the University of New Zealand (now the University of Auckland)—he undertook graduate studies in Social Anthropology with Bronislaw Malinowski and others at the London School of Economics, where he received his doctoral degree with a thesis that was later published as The Economics of the New Zealand Maori (1929). Then he went to Tikopia; his numerous monographs and articles on that very small island are the classic works of the anthropology of Polynesia. Others of his works are central to the discipline of Anthropology more widely. In due course he was appointed Professor of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Among his many honours are: Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the British Academy, Life-President of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth, and Honorary Doctorates from the University of London, the University of Auckland and the University of Cracow (the oldest university in Eastern Europe where Malinowski took his first Ph.D. in 1908).
After first learning Māori at high school in Te Atatu, Auckland, Michael Reilly studied Māori and History at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an M.A. in Māori Studies in 1986; his thesis topic was the life and work of the collector, John White. Subsequently he was awarded a Ph.D. in Pacific Islands History from the Australian National University for a thesis examining selected traditional texts from Mangaia. In 1991 he was appointed a joint lecturer in Māori Studies and History at the University of Otago. Since 1997 he has been a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies.
Katherine Szabó is currently a doctoral candidate in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Coming from a background of conchology, she specialises in archaeological shellfish remains in New Zealand and the wider Pacific. Her doctoral research involves an in-depth comparison of shell artefacts from Lapita sites with similar artefact types from Palaeolithic and Neolithic Island Southeast Asia and New Guinea. This research is placed within the wider framework of her theoretical interests in the archaeological signatures of migration, diffusion and innovation.
Serge Tcherkézoff is the Director of the Centre de recherches et de documentation sur l'Océanie (French National Centre of Research, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en - 6 Sciences Sociales and Université de Provence), Marseille. His current research interests in Samoan society focus on contemporary transformations and on the ethnographic critique of Western misconceptions about Samoa (chiefly system, kinship, gift-giving, gender and sexuality, etc.). He has published articles on the working of hierarchy, village organisation, gender and sexual roles. A book deals with the whole “Mead-Freeman debate”. Another forthcoming book deals with anthropology as an intercultural dialogue, in this case between Samoans and Westerners on aspects of “development”, political organisation and “democracy”, and also on the very notion of “sexuality”. He is currently finishing a book (L'invention de la Polynésie) on the “invention of Polynesia” in Europe between 1750 and 1775.
A Birthday Marked and a Nayacakalou Medal Awarded
Sir Raymond Firth's first contribution to this Journal was in 1925, “The Korekore Pa: An Ancient Maori Fortress”, and 76 years later, he writes that the present one is “probably my last work for publication”. Fortuitously, the present JPS issue is dated to the month exactly 100 years after Sir Raymond's birth. A luncheon marking his 100th birthday is to take place at New Zealand House in London on 30 March, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Social Anthropology of the Commonwealth. The Polynesian Society will be represented in the form of the Honorary Editor bearing a greeting from the Society's President, Sir Hugh Kawharu. She will present Sir Raymond with the Society's Nayacakalou Medal in recognition of his many “significant publications on the Island Pacific relevant to the aims and purposes of the Polynesian Society and the interests and concerns of Dr Nayacakalou”. This award is particularly appropriate for a number of reasons: Sir Raymond's monumental contributions to Polynesian studies—specifically on Tikopia and Māori; his long association with the Society—perhaps the longest of any member, and his relationship to the late Dr Rusiate Nayacakalou for whom the Medal is named. Rusiate, like Sir Raymond, was a graduate of the Auckland College of the University of New Zealand in Economics, and, after completing an M. A. in Anthropology, went to the London School of Economics where his mentor was none other than Professor Raymond Firth.