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THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY
Indexed in CURRENT CONTENTS, Behavioural, Social and Managerial Sciences and in INDEX TO NEW ZEALAND PERIODICALS
Copyright © 1980 by the Polynesian Society (Inc.) Auckland
ISSN 0032-4000- 3
NOTES AND NEWS
Auckland University Centenary
The University of Auckland will celebrate its centenary in May 1983. The year as a whole will be marked as a centennial year, but many events will take place during the ‘focus’ weekend 6 - 9 May 1983. Some will be formal, like the Honorary Degrees ceremony, others less so. Highlights for past students will be the reunions planned by departments and faculties and also by halls of residence. Those seeking further information should write to the Registrar.
Language Atlas of the Pacific Area
A major reference work for the Pacific is to be published late in 1981. The Language Atlas of the Pacific Area is a joint project of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Japan Academy. The general editors, Professor Stephen A. Wurm of the Australian National University and Professor Shirô Hattori of the Japan Academy, have drawn upon information from over 50 specialist consulting editors and advisers from various countries, to summarise the results of the last 25 years of study of this linguistically complex region. Part I covers the New Guinea area, Oceania and Australia, while Part II includes Japan, the Philippines, Formosa and mainland and insular Southeast Asia. The Atlas includes 47 maps (500 x 360 mm) printed in up to 9 colours, as well as text giving demographic, bibliographic and other information. It will be printed by Kümmerly and Frey AG of Bern, Switzerland. The price of the Atlas is DM 250 but maps may be purchased individually or in sets covering particular areas. Further information may be obtained from the distributors,
Postfach 800 830, D-7000 Stuttgart 80,
Monograph Series Established
The Historic Preservation Office of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands has begun an archaeological monograph series entitled Micronesian Archaeological Survey Reports. The aim of the series is to promote the wide distribution of reports of archaeological research conducted in Micronesia since 1977. During the last four years, over 150 archaeological projects have been completed, and the series will present reports of many of these. The first volume on William Ayres' 1977 Ponape research, is now available. Two further volumes are being printed currently and several more will become available later this year. For - 4 more information, contact the
Trust Territory Historic Preservation Office,
Saipan, C.M. 96950.
Handbook of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture
The objective is to summarise present knowledge of the material culture of Australia. The handbook is expected to be of value to Aboriginals and Islanders, students and researchers, and many others interested in particular cultures of regions. It will comprise a series of volumes, each covering one region. Each chapter will cover the material culture of one ‘tribe’ or group, of the region, up to and including the present day. Additional chapters on subjects of particular relevance to the region as a whole (e.g. prehistory, history of research) are also envisaged. The Editorial Board is seeking advice on which individual ‘tribes’ or groups to identify and how to organise these into regions.
Such a handbook is considered to be long overdue as information on Aboriginal and Islander material culture currently is scattered, often in obscure journals, archives and unpublished museum collections. The handbook will help remedy this situation by providing a basic introduction to each material culture together with a guide to further reading and to appropriate museum collections.
Advice and comments should be addressed to:
Professor Barrie Reynolds,
Material Culture Unit,
James Cook University of North Queensland,
Townsville, Queensland 4811,
Pacific History Association
More than 30 members of the Pacific History Association attended a conference at Noosa, near Brisbane, in May. The association, which now has more than 120 members in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and United States, was formed in May 1980 (JPS, 89: 141 (1980)). Among the agenda items at Noosa were the adoption of a constitution and the election of officers. The constitution, states that the association's objectives are to encourage the interchange of information among those interested in Pacific history and related subjects and to encourage the study, discussion, writing and publication of material on those subjects. Dr Barrie Macdonald (Massey University), who edited the association's first four newsletters was elected as foundation president. Subscriptions for 1981 were fixed at $10 Australian currency for salaried and institutional members and $5 for non-salaried students and others. Cheques and applications for member- - 5 ship should be sent to:
Pacific History Association,
Research School of Pacific Studies,
Australian National University,
Canberra, A.C.T. 2600.
Order of Knighthood
Mr Robert Langdon, a member of the Polynesian Society for 10 years, recently became the first person of Australian birth to be made a member of a Spanish order of knighthood. The order commemorates Queen Isabella (1451-1504), the Spanish monarch who promoted the voyages of Columbus. In Spanish terms, Mr Langdon is now a ‘Caballero de la Orden de Isabel la Católica.’ The Spanish Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Don Carlos M. Fernández-Shaw, presented him with the insignia of the order at a ceremony in Canberra in April, saying that the decoration especially recognised Mr Langdon's work in attempting to elucidate the fate of the crew of the Spanish caravel San Lesmes which disappeared on a voyage from the Strait of Magellan to the East Indies in 1526. Mr Langdon's controversial theories on this matter were expounded in his book The Lost Caravel (Sydney 1975). The book argued that the ship ran aground on an atoll eastward of Tahiti, that the crew survived to marry, and that they and their descendants played a previously unsuspected role, both genetically and culturally, in Polynesian prehistory.
The Skinner Fund for Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Ethnology
The committee set up to consider applications for grants from this fund, sponsored jointly by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Polynesian Society and the New Zealand Archaeological Association, has recommended that approximately one half of the annual available income should be allocated on 15 March and one half on 15 September each year. Applications should be sent to:
The Executive Officer,
The Royal Society of New Zealand,
P.O. Box 12249,
Contributors of Articles to this Issue
Elizabeth Bott received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of London in 1956, after gaining degrees at Toronto and Chicago. Her book Family and Social Networks (Tavistock) was published in 1957 and has since become a classic in the study of urban kinship and network theory. From 1958-60 - 6 Dr Bott worked in the Kingdom of Tonga and undertook for the Tonga Traditions Committee, intensive research with Queen Sālote Tupou into Tongan history and traditions. Some of this forms the basis of her Tongan Society at the Time of Captain Cook's Visits to be published later this year as a Polynesian Society Memoir. Elizabeth Bott has also published a study on the significance of kava in Tongan myth and ritual. Currently, she is working as a psychoanalyst in a London hospital.