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Special Issue

The June 1976 issue of the Journal will be a “special” one devoted to the single topic, “Incest Prohibitions in Micronesia and Polynesia.” Eight papers describe and explicate incest prohibitions and ideas about incest (definitions, associations, meanings) in different socio-cultural systems. An introductory article by David M. Schneider comments on the meaning of incest in general and on the contents of the other papers.

Most of these papers were written five years ago for a symposium at the American Anthropological Association meetings in late 1971. They have subsequently been revised and were intended to be collected into a single volume edited by Professor Vern Carroll. Because of various problems with publishers, Carroll suggested that they might be better placed with the Polynesian Society. The Editors accepted his suggestion and decided that the best format for publishing them would be in a “special issue”, devoted entirely to the single topic. This is a new departure for the Journal, but one which the Editors and Council feel may be repeated in the future.

Supply of Offprints to Authors

Since the last issue of the Journal went to press, the Society has negotiated more favourable terms with the printer regarding supply of off-prints to authors. As a result, authors of Shorter Communications will now receive five free copies of the entire Shorter Communications section and authors of reviews will receive five free copies of the Review section. Authors of main articles will continue to receive 20 free copies.

Papua New Guinea Institute of Applied Social and Economic Research

In August 1975, the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly passed an act providing for the establishment of an Institute of Applied Social and Economic Research. Under the terms of a previous agreement with the Australian National University this Institute acquired most of the assets of the A.N.U.'s New Guinea Research Unit in Port Moresby and the research staff of the New Guinea Research Unit will be attached to the Institute until their current contracts expire. The Institute began operation in January 1976.

The functions of the Institute, as laid down in the act, include the promotion of research into Papua New Guinea society and economy, the undertaking of research into social, political and economic problems in order to enable practical solutions to be formulated, the dissemination of research findings, the provision of consultancy services to government, and the provision of practical research opportunities to train Papua New Guineans as research workers.

The Institute is governed by a council, whose chairman is Henry To Robert, Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, and includes representatives of parliament, the public service, the community, the universities and the staff of the Institute.

A seminar on needs and priorities in social science research in Papua New - 4 Guinea is being sponsored by the Institute in March 1976 and a research programme will be drawn up after that. In the meantime the Institute has inherited from the New Guinea Research Unit ongoing studies of internal migration and urbanisation, regional planning, micronationalism, political socialisation and the role of interpreters.

The Institute will publish a monograph series to replace New Guinea Research Bulletin and will continue to publish staff discussion papers and Luksave.

Dr R. J. May, formerly Field director of the New Guinea Research Unit, has been appointed as the Institute's first director.

Information for Prospective Research Workers, Filming and Recording Units within the Solomon Islands

The following information has been provided by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Honiara, British Solomon Islands Protectorate:

  • 1. This information is for filming/recording units and students in all disciplines — the Social Sciences, Agriculture, Medicine, Education, Geology, etc. — who have not been specifically requested by the Government to conduct projects in the Solomon Islands on its behalf.
  • 2. The people of the Solomons are anxious that all research conducted here should be for the public benefit and should accord with the local aspirations for knowledge and development.
  • 3. The information requested below will enable us to ascertain that any research, filming or recording project, is acceptable to the local commitments. It will also ensure that adequate preparations can be made prior to your arrival in this country. The intention is to make certain that results of research, films or recordings, are made available to the Solomons in a form which can be used within the local education system, for local reference and research, and as information for the general public.
  • 4. This information will be considered by an Advisory Committee of Solomon Islanders, both Public Service and private individuals, who will consult the people living in the areas where the work proposed is to be done. Since this process can take some time, it is preferable that you make your application well in advance of the date on which you wish to come. It is also important that, when making your project proposals to any funding agency, you include adequate financial provision for financing copies of tapes, films and publications, as well as possible payments to local research assistants.
Information required
  • (a) Name and Address.
  • (b) Curriculum Vitae (including previous research work, publications, etc.).
  • (c) Subject(s) to be studied, filmed or recorded.
  • (d) Area(s) in the Solomon Islands where studies/filming/recording are to be conducted.
  • (e) Details of funding.
  • (f) Methods of Research/filming/recording. (Academic researchers should indicate whether they intend making films, sound recordings or take still photographs, etc.).
  • (g) Arrangements to be made for accommodation in area(s) of research.
  • (h) End result of research/filming/recording project. (e.g. Ph.D. thesis, a dictionary, documentary film for television, medical research, commercial publications of discs or tapes, etc.).
  • (i) Name and address of any Organisation or Body within the Solomons
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  • which considers that your research/filming/recording project will benefit the Solomons in some way.
  • (j) Name and address of any person in the area(s) willing to help you (if already identified).
  • (k) Whether you intend to make collections of material culture or scientific specimens.

All finds will remain the property of the Solomon Islands.

Permits to export material for purposes of analysis will normally be granted for one year in the first instance, but extensions for a further period may be granted on application two months prior to the expiry of the initial permit.

Collection of specimens

Collections of material culture and scientific specimens will be allowed only by prior arrangement, through the Solomon Islands Museum, with the respective Ministries. Birds, moths, butterflies, artefacts, and others are all protected. Export permits will be restricted to material going to bona fide scientific research institutions.

Films and recordings

Copies of all tape recordings must be deposited with the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs before your departure and export of the material. One copy of every completed film, whether produced for television, commercial circuits, or academic study, must be deposited with the same Ministry. Please be sure to request for adequate financial provision to cover this stipulation.

With regard to copyright, this Ministry reserves the right to use films and commercially produced records and tapes for the public benefit as it sees fit. With regard to unedited tape material, the Ministry reserves the right to use recordings for local broadcasting, educational and reference purposes, but not for outside publication, except with the written consent of the researcher.

Deposit or bank guarantee

A Deposit or Bank Guarantee will be sought from each researcher to ensure observance of conditions of the permit although, in special cases, the written assurances of the sponsoring institution may be accepted.

The amount of deposit will be not less than $A20.00 and not more than $A2,000.00.


All researchers, filming and recording units should enquire of the Comptrollor of Customs and Excise, Ministry of Finance, Honiara, the conditions for the temporary importation of equipment such as cameras, tape recorders, nets, etc.

Such enquiries should be made well in advance of arrival and should include a comprehensive list of equipment, its country of origin and value.

Failure to make such arrangements in advance (except for personal effects) may lead to delays in your work.

New Archaeology-Ethnohistory Research Journal

The Artefact, formerly the newsletter of the Archaeological Society of Victoria, has now become a professional research journal specialising in the ethnohistory and archaeology (prehistoric, historic, and ethno-) of the Pacific region.

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The new journal is published quarterly (not twice-yearly, as previously stated) and each number should average around 50-60 pages. Contents include a News and Notes section, research and review papers, and book reviews. The 1976 annual subscription is $A5.00 if posted to an Australian address, and $US10.00 for overseas subscribers (or $A7.00, if submitted in Australian currency). All subscriptions should be directed to the Honorary Secretary of the Society:

Mr D. H. Ferguson,

34 Peterleigh Grove,


Victoria 3040,


Editorial enquiries and offers of papers are welcomed, particularly from Melanesian, Polynesian, and South East Asian scholars, and should be addressed to:

Dr D. Wayne Orchiston,

History Department,

University of Melbourne,


Victoria 3052,


Pacific Island Women's Conference

Julia Hecht writes:

The Pacific Island Women's Conference organised by the Pacific Island Women's Committee led by Mrs Paddy Walker of the Auckland City Council, was held in Auckland on February 27-29. This was the first time that women of the Polynesian Pacific convened as a group in New Zealand and a permanent organisation of Pacific Island women in New Zealand is foreseen. The conference strongly supported the establishment of a radio station oriented toward Polynesian interests and presenting positive publicity for the island peoples of New Zealand. The radio station would be directed toward disseminating educational, vocational, and health-care information as well as entertainment.

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Social Policy

The New Zealand Sociological Association invites participation in a one-day conference on the problems of local community in New Zealand. The conference will be held at Massey University on Thursday November 25, 1976. Workshops are planned around two themes: 1. local planning; 2. community organisation. Further information is available from:

W. E. Wilmott,

Psychology and Sociology Department,

University of Canterbury,

Christchurch 1.

Contributors of Articles in this Issue

M. B. W. Sinclair received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington in 1974. In 1973 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in U.S.A., and spent his first year here (1973-74) as a visiting scholar in linguistics at the University of Massachussets. In 1974-75 he was a visiting lecturer in linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Patrick V. Kirch took his Ph.D. at Yale University and is currently Associate Anthropologist on the staff of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. He has conducted field work in Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Solomon Islands, and Hawaii. - 7 His research interests centre on Oceanic prehistory and cultural ecology.

Andrew Arno is at present Assistant Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He received a Ph.D. degree in 1974 from Harvard University, and a J.D. degree in 1969 from the University of Texas Law School. His current research interests centre around conflict management and the ethnography of speech related to conflict. He is planning research on cultural pluralism and law in the U.S.

Stuart Berde is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts — Boston. His research interests are Melanesian peoples' social and economic organisation, and missionising in Melanesia, especially the United Church of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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