Image is a photographic still of a dance performance. Against a light grey background, a man stands, his legs together and his arms outstretched in a T-shape. His figure is mostly dark, with some light illuminating his chest and shoulders
Image is of an oil painting, showing a sitting young woman with brown hair and blue skin against a bright yellow background. Her hands are held in front of her and they are connected by an elaborate string game design

Spring 28(1)


Local Norms and Truth Telling: Examining Experienced Incompatibilities within Truth Commissions of Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste
Holly L Guthrey

Multidimensional, Gender-Sensitive Poverty Measurement: Perspectives from Fiji
Priya Chattier

Musical Melanesianism: Imagining and Expressing Regional Identity and Solidarity in Popular Song and Video
Michael Webb and Camellia Webb-Gannon

Cartooning History: Lai’s Fiji and the Misadventures of a Scrawny Black Cat
Sudesh Mishra


Berths and Anchorages: Pacific Cultural Studies from Oceania
Lea Lani Kinikini Kauvaka

Rethinking Pacific Studies Twenty Years On
Terence Wesley-Smith

Political Reviews

Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
Michael Bevacqua, Monica C LaBriola, Kelly G Marsh, Clement Yow Mulalap, Tyrone J Taitano

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
Mary Tuti Baker, Lorenz Gonschor, Margaret Mutu, Christina Newport, Forrest Wade Young

Book and Media Reviews

Making Micronesia: A Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama, by David Hanlon
Reviewed by Greg Dvorak

The Kanak Awakening: The Rise of Nationalism in New Caledonia, by David Chappell
Reviewed by Oona Le Meur

France in the South Pacific: Power and Politics, by Denise Fisher
Reviewed by William Cavert

Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and Their Critics, by Stuart Kirsch
Reviewed by Pierre-Yves Le Meur

Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders, edited by Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff
Reviewed by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Buveurs de Kava, by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot
Reviewed by Knut Rio

Native Nations: The Survival of Fourth World Peoples, edited by Sharlotte Neely
Reviewed by Jeremia Sataraka

Language Contact in the Early Colonial Pacific: Maritime Polynesian Pidgin before Pidgin English, by Emanuel J Drechsel
Reviewed by Gavin Lamb

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch [documentary]
Reviewed by Cathy Pyrek

Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1 [documentary]
Reviewed by David Lipset

Melanesia: Art and Encounter, edited by Lissant Bolton, Nicholas Thomas, Elizabeth Bonshek, Julie Adams, and Ben Burt
Reviewed by Katherine Higgins

Featured Artist: Lemi Ponifasio

Image is a photographic still from a dance performance. It shows a shirtless male, his arms outstretched in a T shape, wearing the head of a green bird with a long yellow beak. The background is entirelty black, while a small amount of light illuminates the male figure, which is shown from the waist up
Birds with Sky Mirrors (2010), by Lemi Ponifasio

Lemi Ponifasio is a theater director, New Zealand Arts Laureate, tufuga, and Samoan high chief; he has been described as a profound visionary whose work transcends genres to redefine the power of art. In 1995 he founded MAU, a dance theater and creative forum for collaborative engagement among artists, scholars, community leaders, and activists. MAU now regularly performs in the most prestigious international arts festivals.

Fall 28(2)


Moving Objects: Reflections on Oceanic Collections
Margaret Jolly

The I and the We: Individuality, Collectivity, and Samoan Artistic Responses to Cultural Change
April Henderson

Retelling Chambri Lives: Ontological Bricolage
Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington


Outcomes of State Territoriality and Minin Development for the Kanak in New Caledonia
Maija Lassila


Pacific Literature Searches in the Internet Age
Stuart Dawrs

Political Reviews

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2015
Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2015
Jon Fraenkel, Michael Leach, Howard Van Trease

Book and Media Reviews

Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba, by Katerina Martina Teaiwa
Reviewed by Anne Perez Hattori

The Pacific Festivals of Aotearoa New Zealand: Negotiating Place and Identity in a New Homeland, by Jared Mackley-Crump
Reviewed by Kalissa Alexeyeff

The Things We Value: Culture and History in Solomon Islands, edited by Ben Burt and Lissant Bolton
Reviewed by Deborah Waite

The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections, by Robbie Shilliam
Reviewed by Paul Lyons

Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hiʻiaka, by kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui
Reviewed by Marie Alohalani Brown

A Chosen People, A Promised Land: Mormonism and Race in Hawaiʻi, by Hokulani K Aikau
Reviewed by Maile Arvin

Repositioning Pacific Arts: Artists, Objects, Histories, edited by Anne E Allen, with Deborah B Waite
Reviewed by Stacy L Kamehiro

Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific, by David Robie
Reviewed by Shailendra Singh

Idyllic No More: Pacific Island Climate, Corruption and Development Dilemmas, by Giff Johnson
Reviewed by David W Kupferman

The Polynesian Iconoclasm: Religious Revolution and the Seasonality of Power, by Jeffrey Sissons
Reviewed by David Lipset

Te Vaka [performance]
Reviewed by Candice Elanna Steiner

The Empires’ Edge: Militarization, Resistance, and Transcending Hegemony in the Pacific, by Sasha Davis
Reviewed by Teresia Teaiwa

Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific, edited by Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nālani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom
Reviewed by Joyce Pualani Warren

In Football We Trust [documentary film]
Reviewed by Lea Lani Kinikini Kauvaka

Featured Artist: Star Gossage

Image shows a young woman, sitting, with shoulder-length brown hair. She wears a dark blue shirt with a yellow pattern and is positioned against a bright yellow background. Her eyes are dark and appear unfocused or distant
Far Away Eyes (2012), by Star Gossage

Star Gossage is one of New Zealand’s foremost living painters and has Ngati Wai, Ngati Ruanui, French, English, and Portuguese ancestry. She lives in Pakiri, a coastal settlement north of Auckland, and makes paintings that the former Curator Māori from Auckland Art Gallery, Ngahiraka Mason, describes as gentle and powerfully evocative of spiritual connections and tribal narratives. They “affirm her whakapapa, relationships to land, sky and ocean” and “experiences shared by her people and the mystical worlds they have inhabited.” Works such as Rahui Kiri Rd, for example, acknowledge her chiefly Ngati Wai lineage as great-great-granddaughter of Rahui Kiri, daughter of Ngati Wai chief Te Kiri.