Spring 25(1)


How Can Traditional Knowledge Best Be Regulated? Comparing a Proprietary Rights Approach with a Regulatory Toolbox Approach
Miranda Forsyth

Looking Good: The Cultural Politics of the Island Dress for Young Women in Vanuatu
Maggie Cummings

“I Guess They Didn’t Want Us Asking Too Many Questions”: Reading American Empire in Guam
Valerie Solar Woodward


Pacific Research Protocols from the University of Otago
compiled and edited by Judy Bennett, Mark Brunton, Jenny Bryant-Tokalau, Faafetai Sopoaga, and Gary Witte, with an introduction by Stuart Dawrs

Political Reviews

Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012
David W Kupferman, Kelly G Marsh, Donald R Shuster, Tyrone J Taitano

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012
Lorenz Gonschor, Hapakuke Pierre Leleivai, Margaret Mutu, Forrest Young

Book and Media Reviews

Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands, by Keith L Camacho
Reviewed by Craig Santos Perez

The Testimony Project: Papua, edited by Charles E Farhadian
Reviewed by Eben Kirksey

Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings: Transformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania, edited by Elfriede Hermann
Reviewed by Matthew Tomlinson

From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive: The Social World of Coffee from Papua New Guinea, by Paige West
Reviewed by Larry Lake

Sun Come Up, directed by Jennifer Redfern [documentary]
Reviewed by David Lipset

Trading Nature: Tahitians, Europeans, and Ecological Exchange, by Jennifer Newell
Reviewed by Zakea Boeger

Le paradis autour de Paul Gaugin, by Viviane Fayaud
Reviewed by Tate LeFevre

Second Skins: Painted Barkcloth from New Guinea and Central Africa [exhibition]
Reviewed by Dan Talapapa McMullin

Once Were Pacific: Māori Connections to Oceania, by Alice Te Punga Somerville
Reviewed by Erin Suzuki

Ua Mau Ke Ea, Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political Legal History of the Hawaiian Islands, by David Keanu Sai
Reviewed by Kuhio Vogeler

Polynesians in America: Pre-Columbian Contacts with the New World, edited by Terry L Jones, Alice A Storey, Elizabeth A Matisoo-Smith, and José-Miguel Ramírez-Aliaga
Reviewed by Carlos Mondragón

Featured Artists: The Jaki-ed Collective

Jaki-ed (fine mat) (2012), by Susan Jieta

Since 2006, the University of the South Pacific (USP)–Marshall Islands Campus and traditional leader Maria Kabua-Fowler, with the patronage of Iroij Michael Kabua and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, have been collaborating on projects and activities to ensure the revival and contemporization of jaki-ed. Basing designs on their own creative vision, weavers now use traditional patterns as inspiration for modern expressions. The USP Jaki-Ed Program enables weavers to learn and share the cultural knowledge and customs associated with the fine mats while also building an exciting and sustainable creative industry. Although jaki-ed are no longer worn as clothing, the mats are now being collected as outstanding examples of cultural creativity.


Fall 25(2)


After Cannibal Tours: Cargoism and Marginality in a Post-touristic Sepik River Society
Eric K Silverman

Mai te hau Roma ra te huru: The Illusion of “Autonomy” and the Ongoing Struggle for Decolonization in French Polynesia
Lorenz Gonschor


An Interview with Oscar Temaru
Terence Wesley-Smith, Gerard A Finin, and Tarcisius Kabutaulaka

The Corporate Food Regime and Food Sovereignty in the Pacific Islands
Jagjit Kaur Plahe, Shona Hawkes, and Sunil Ponnamperuma


Pacific Anglicanism: Online Bibliographical Resources
Terry M Brown

Political Reviews

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2012
Nic Maclellan

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2011
David Chappell, Jon Fraenkel, Solomon Kantha, Muridan S Widjojo

Book and Media Reviews

Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power, by Eben Kirksey

Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua, by Danilyn Rutherford
Reviewed by Jenny Munro

Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, by Brian Diettrich, Jane Freeman Moulin, and Michael Webb
Reviewed by Raymond Ammann

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai‘i [documentary film]
Reviewed by Cynthia Franklin

Etton an Raan Kein: Marshall Islands History, by Julianne M Walsh with Hilda Heine, Carmen Milne Bigler, and Mark Stege
Reviewed by Nancy J Pollock

Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place, and Everyday Life, by Miriam Kahn
Reviewed by Kathleen C Riley

Featured Artists: From the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts

Tropic Bird Dance (2012), by Tracey Yager

The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, “Culture in Harmony with Nature,” was hosted by Solomon Islands in July 2012. For two weeks, the purpose-built festival village, exhibition spaces, performance venues, and four satellite villages were filled with song, dance, and celebration. Solomon Islanders from throughout the archipelago traveled to Honiara to participate and witness the breadth of arts from across the region. The hosts showed exceptional hospitality while also enjoying each moment of the festivities.