Spring 19(1)


Nemesis, Speaking, and Tauhi Vaha‘a: Interdisciplinarity and the Truth of “Mental Illness” in Vava‘u, Tonga
Michael Poltorak

Fashion as Fetish: The Agency of Modern Clothing and Traditional Body Decoration among North Mekeo of Papua New Guinea
Mark S Mosko

The Fiji Times and the Good Citizen: Constructing Modernity and Nationhood in Fiji
John Connell

Pacific Islands Trade, Labor, and Security in an Era of Globalization
Stewart Firth


Diasporic Deracination and “Off-Island” Hawaiians
J Kēhaulani Kauanui

Survivor Vanuatu: Myths of Matriarchy Revisited
Lamont Lindstrom

Political Reviews

Micronesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006
John Haglelgam, Kelly G Marsh, Samuel F McPhetres, Donald R Shuster

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006
Frédéric Angleviel, Lorenz Gonschor, Jon Tikivanotau M Jonassen, Kelihiano Kalolo, Tracie Ku‘uipo Cummings Losch, Margaret Mutu, Tauaasa Taafaki, Unasa L F Va‘a, Heather Young Leslie

Book and Media Reviews

Five Takes on Climate and Cultural Change in Tuvalu
The Disappearing of Tuvalu: Trouble in Paradise; Paradise Drowned: Tuvalu, The Disappearing Nation; Tuvalu: That Sinking Feeling; Before the Flood; and Time and Tide [videos]Feature Review by Anne Chambers and Keith S Chambers

The Land Has Eyes: Pear ta ma ‘on maf [feature film]
Reviewed by Selina Tusitala Marsh

Pacific Regional Order, by Dave Peebles; Pacific Islands Regional Integration and Governance, edited by Satish Chand
Reviewed by Roderic Alley

Bougainville: Before the Conflict, edited by Anthony J Regan and Helga M Griffin
Reviewed by Donald Denoon

Ce souffle venu des ancêtres . . . L’œuvre politique de Jean-Marie Tjibaou (1936–1989), by Hamid Mokaddem
Reviewed by Eric Waddell

The Sweet Potato in Oceania: A Reappraisal, edited by Chris Ballard, Paula Brown, R Michael Bourke, and Tracey Harwood
Reviewed by William C Clarke

Island at the End of the World: The Turbulent History of Easter Island, by Steven Roger Fischer
Reviewed by Paul Rainbird

“First Contacts” in Polynesia: The Samoan Case (1722–1848); Western Misunderstandings about Sexuality and Divinity, by Serge Tcherkezoff
Reviewed by Paul Shankman

Island of Angels: The Growth of the Church on Kosrae / Kapkapak lun Church fin acn Kosrae, 1852–2002, by Elden M Buck
Reviewed by James Peoples

Decolonizing the Mind: The Impact of the University on Culture and Identity in Papua New Guinea, 1971–1974, by Ulli Beier
Reviewed by Steven Edmund Winduo

Vision and Reality in Pacific Religion: Essays in Honour of Niel Gunson, edited by Phyllis Herda, Michael Reilly, and David Hilliard
Reviewed by Robert Tonkinson

Savannah Flames: Papua New Guinean Journal of Literature, Languages and Culture, Volume 5, edited by Steven Edmund Winduo
Reviewed by Reina Whaitiri

Expressive Genres and Historical Change: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan, edited by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew Strathern
Reviewed by Ruth Finnegan

Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth, by John Pule and Nicholas Thomas
Reviewed by Lissant Bolton

Tattoo: Bodies, Art, and Exchange in the Pacific and the West, edited by Nicholas Thomas, Anna Cole, and Bronwen Douglas
Reviewed by April K Henderson

Life in the Pacific of the 1700s: The Cook/Forster Collection of the George August University of Göttingen [exhibit]
Reviewed by Ivy Hali‘imaile Andrade, Maile T Drake, and Karen K Kosasa

Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, de Young Museum [exhibit]
Reviewed by Margaret Mackenzie

Featured Artist: Shigeyuki Kihara

Show no evil
(2002), by Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara is a visual and performance artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. The recipient in 2003 of Creative New Zealand Art Council’s Emerging Pacific Island Artist Award, her cutting-edge work challenges cultural stereotypes and dominant norms of sexuality and gender. Crossing borders is integral to Kihara’s life. She grew up with a Japanese father and Samoan mother, and in adolescence began occupying the Samoan space (vā) of a Fa‘afafine—a liminal gender category best translated as a male who identifies as a woman.

Fall 19(2)

Uripiv Oral Tradition: The Story of the Eel
Told by Elder Mark of Emil Potun


A Fishy Romance: Chiefly Power and the Geopolitics of Desire
Heather E Young Leslie

The Trouble with ramsi: Reexamining the Roots of Conflict in Solomon Islands
Shahar Hameiri

Uripiv Oral Tradition: The Last Leseserrkab on Uripiv
Told by Elder Mark of Emil Potun


Making a Case for Tongan as an Endangered Language
Yuko Otsuka

Viewing Diasporas From the Pacific: What Pacific Ethnographies Offer Pacific Diaspora Studies
Ilana Gershon

Uripiv Oral Tradition: The Journey of the Dead
Told by Chief Sukon of Emil Potnambe


Imagining Oceania: Indigenous and Foreign Representations of a Sea of Islands
Margaret Jolly

Uripiv Oral Tradition: The Two Children Left Behind
Told by Frank Kenneth of Emil Lowi

Political Reviews

The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2005–2006
Karin von Strokirch

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2006
David Chappell, Alumita L Durutalo, Anita Jowitt, Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka

Uripiv Oral Tradition: The Lebon Brothers
Told by John Regenvanu of Emil Bweterial and Emil Periv

Book and Media Reviews

The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Culture Change, edited by Joel Robbins and Holly Wardlow
Reviewed by Bruce Knauft

Pacific Futures, edited by Michael Powles
Reviewed by Anthony van Fossen

Political Parties in the Pacific Islands, edited by Roland Rich with Luke Hambly and Michael G Morgan
Reviewed by Stephen Levine

Globalization and the Re-Shaping of Christianity in the Pacific Islands, edited by Manfred Ernst
Reviewed by John Barker

Conservation Is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea, by Paige West
Reviewed by Alex Golub

Rationales of Ownership: Transactions and Claims to Ownership in Contemporary Papua New Guinea, edited by Lawrence Kalinoe and James Leach
Reviewed by Malia Talakai

Social Discord and Bodily Disorder: Healing among the Yupno of Papua New Guinea, by Verna Keck
Reviewed by Judith C Barker

Les Javanais du Caillou, Des affres de l’exil aux aléas de l’intégration: Sociologie historique de la communauté indonésienne de Nouvelle Calédonie / The Javanese of the Rock: From the Hazards of Exile to the Hazards of Integration, by Jean Luc Maurer, in collaboration with Marcel Magi and with a contribution by Marie-Jo Siban
Reviewed by Jean-Louis Rallu

Shifting Images of Identity in the Pacific, edited by Toon van Meijl and Jelle Miedema
Reviewed by Eric Silverman

The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania, by Paul D’Arcy
Reviewed by John Edward Terrell

Borrowing: A Pacific Perspective, edited by Jan Tent and Paul Geraghty
Reviewed by Uri Tadmor

American Pacificism: Oceania in the US Imagination, by Paul Lyons
Reviewed by Elizabeth DeLoughrey

No Turning Back: A Memoir, by E T W Fulton, edited by Elizabeth Fulton Thurston
Reviewed by Rob Hilliard

One and a Half Pacific Islands/Teuana ao Teiterana n aba n Te Betebeke: Stories the Banaban People Tell of Themselves/I-Banaba Aika a Karakin oin Rongorongola, edited by Jennifer Shennan and Makin Corrie Tekenimatang
Reviewed by Mary E Lawson Burke

The Songmaker’s Chair, a play by Albert Wendt
Reviewed by Robert Sullivan

Samoan Wedding and No. 2 [feature films]
Reviewed by Marata Tamaira

Pacific Encounters: Art and Divinity in Polynesia, 1760–1860 [exhibition]
Reviewed by Patricia Te Arapo Wallace

Featured Artist: Ralph Regenvanu

The LeBron brothers
(1995), by Ralph Regenvanu

Ralph Regenvanu’s first public art was unveiled at the time of Vanuatu’s independence in 1980, when he painted the country’s new coat of arms on the wall of Central Primary School, in the capital city of Port Vila. He painted his most famous piece, Las kakae (The Final Feast), when he was taking formal art classes in grade twelve in Australia. Among several inspirations for his art is the storyboard style popular in neighboring Papua New Guinea. From this style he has created a number of drawings, including those in this volume, that highlight custom stories from his family’s home island of Uripiv, off the northeast coast of Malakula.