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THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY
Copyright © 1985 by the Polynesian Society (Inc.) Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, Private Bag, Auckland
ISSN 0032-4000- 92
Indexed in CURRENT CONTENTS, Behavioral, Social and Managerial Sciences, INDEX TO NEW ZEALAND PERIODICALS and in ANTHROPOLOGICAL INDEX- 93
NOTES AND NEWS
Elsdon Best Memorial Medal
At its meeting on November 6, 1984, the Council of the Polynesian Society voted unanimously that the Elsdon Best Memorial Medal for 1985 be awarded to the Society's President, Professor Bruce Biggs. At the Secretary's request, Professor Biggs agreed to accept the award, and to deliver a paper at the 1985 Annual General Meeting. His address to the A.G.M., in July, will be entitled “The Extraordinary Man”. It promises to be a memorable presentation from an extraordinary scholar who has unaccountably been overlooked in previous presentations of the Medal.
Auckland Conference on Pacific Studies
The University of Auckland is organising a Conference on Pacific Studies, “Issues and Directions”, to be held at the University, August 19-22, 1985. The conference, according to the organisers, “is intended to give impetus and direction to the diverse range of Pacific interests in both the University and the wider community”. A number of prominent speakers from Pacific Island nations and New Zealand have been invited to present papers, among them 'Epeli Hau'ofa, Albert Wendt, Geoff Bertram, Marjorie Crocombe, Hima Douglas, Malama Meleisea, Wadan Narsey, Fred Sevele, Iaveta Short and Ray Watters. In addition there will be two Workshop sessions, one with an Arts/Humanities focus and the other dealing with issues of Political Economy. There will also be opportunities for the presentation of other short contributed papers, and offers and suggestions for these are welcomed. Further information, enrolment forms and a preliminary programme may be obtained by writing to the Secretary, Auckland Conference, c/- Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, Private Bag, Auckland, New Zealand.
Songs of the Second World War
Geoffrey White and Lamont Lindstrom report: “As part of a larger project on World War II ethnohistory, we are preparing a collection of Pacific Islanders' songs about their war experiences. We plan to publish from 50 to 100 of these songs with commentary from all parts of the Pacific. The songs we have collected to date serve as small texts which provide an excellent record and interpretation of events, cross-cultural relations and emotions generated during the War. We are also documenting, where we can, background information on the composition and performance of each song as well as its collection. If anyone has songs recorded in field notes or on tape (whether in a vernacular language, Pidgin, Japanese, French or English), please write us at the Institute of Culture and - 94 Communication, East-West Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848.”
Mobility and Identity in the Island Pacific
A volume just published under the above title, edited by Murray Chapman and Philip S. Morrison, incorporates revised versions of 14 papers which were presented at an interdisciplinary symposium held as part of the 15th Pacific Science Congress at Dunedin in February 1983. The purpose of the symposium was “to begin a dialogue between humanist and scientific thinking on the links between the movements of people and their collective and personal identities”. Issues of mobility and identity are examined, both in general and in particular, for Guam, Irian Jaya, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Western Samoa, and placed against the similar but different experiences of the eastern Caribbean, eastern Indonesia and northern Europe. The authors are John Waiko, Joel Bonnemaison, Ronald Lucardie, Roderic Lacey, Konai Helu Thaman, Robert Kiste, Robert Tonkinson, Robert A. Underwood, Ian Frazer, Michael Rumbiak, Louise Morauta, Cluny Macpherson, Dawn Marshall and Anne Buttimer, and the volume concludes with a critique by David Lowenthal. Copies may be ordered from the Business Manager, Pacific Viewpoint, Information and Publications Section, Victoria University of Wellington, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand. The price is $19.00 in the buyer's local currency. Specially discounted copies are available to readers in the Pacific Islands. Write to: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, P.O. Box 1168, Suva, Fiji.
Newsletter on Visual Anthropology
The Commission on Visual Anthropology of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences invites submissions for its forthcoming international newsletter, the first issue of which is to appear in the spring of 1985. Substantive articles should be in English, French or Spanish, and should not exceed 15 pages typescript. Particularly important are reports on ongoing or forthcoming field projects, summaries of institutional activities and interests, individual queries about training or project development and reports on meetings and festivals. Correspondence should be sent to Asen Balikci, Départment d'anthropologie, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, succursale A, Montréal (Québec) Canada H3C 3J7.
Contributors of Articles in this Issue
Jenifer Curnow completed an M.A. in Maori Studies at the University of Auckland in 1983. She is pursuing her interest in the translation and annotation - 95 of Maori manuscripts, and is currently completing work on two long unpublished manuscripts by Te Rangikaheke.
Agathe Thornton received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, and taught in the Classics Department of Otago University from 1948 until her retirement in 1975. Since then, as Emeritus Professor, she has pursued her longstanding interest in Maori language and literature. Her publications include Time and Style (1962), People and Themes in Homer's Odyssey (1970), The Living Universe: Gods and Men in Virgil's Aeneid (1976), and most recently Homer's Iliad: Its Composition and the Motif of Supplication (Hypomnemata 81, 1984), which deals with the Iliad as an oral epic from various points of view.- 96
Transformations of Polynesian culture
Memoir 45 of the Polynesian Society, viii, 226pp. Price: N.Z. $35.00, Postage: $1.00 (N.Z.), $2.25 (Overseas).
The essays in this volume exemplify a new synthesis emerging in Polynesian studies, based upon insights derived from structuralism. Working with the indigenous idioms of myth, genealogy, ritual, philosophy and history, the authors isolate common elements of Polynesian cultural theory and show how the structures variously constructed from them persist and recur in a variety of transformations in societies widely separated from one another both in time and space.
The essays are based on contributions to a symposium at the XV Pacific Science Congress, and bring together some well-known aspects of the widespread Polynesian cultural tradition in novel and productive ways. Gregory Schrempp writes on New Zealand Maori, Valerio Valeri and Adrienne Kaeppler on Hawai'i, Marshall Sahlins on both Maori and Hawai'i, Alan Howard on Rotuma, Michael Goldsmith on Tuvalu, Judith Huntsman and Antony Hooper on Tokelau, and Alain Babadzan on Rurutu. In a provocative afterword, Edmund Leach calls into question the whole notion of “Polynesian culture”.