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Akekeia! Traditional Dance in Kiribati (review)

Akekeia! Traditional Dance in Kiribati (review) book and media reviews The book offers a valuable and timely analysis of the role of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in postcolonial Vanuatu. Created in the 1970s, the centre is one of the most important and respected institutions in the country. Always innovative, it created a network of local men to work as volunteers in their own islands, documenting and reviving kastom. Bolton and Tarisesei were also instrumental in developing the women's fieldworkers program in the 1990s; their extraordinary achievement has promoted indigenous women's research. The Vanuatu Cultural Centre, with its emphasis on kastom and local practices, has also provided a fulcrum for nation building. Bolton's account of the centre, a unique cultural institution in contemporary Oceania, underlines the value of creating a cultural forum at the national level to link islanders in contemporary Oceania. If the book is about the agency of women in Vanuatu, it is also very much about the agency of Bolton, the anthropologist who came to Vanuatu, under vcc aegis, with the express objective of making changes through the Women's Kastom Project. Rather than participant observation, Bolton characterizes her role as "participant engagement" (xv). Bolton's work was undertaken in partnership with key individuals, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Akekeia! Traditional Dance in Kiribati (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 16 (1) – Jan 23, 2004

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

book and media reviews The book offers a valuable and timely analysis of the role of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in postcolonial Vanuatu. Created in the 1970s, the centre is one of the most important and respected institutions in the country. Always innovative, it created a network of local men to work as volunteers in their own islands, documenting and reviving kastom. Bolton and Tarisesei were also instrumental in developing the women's fieldworkers program in the 1990s; their extraordinary achievement has promoted indigenous women's research. The Vanuatu Cultural Centre, with its emphasis on kastom and local practices, has also provided a fulcrum for nation building. Bolton's account of the centre, a unique cultural institution in contemporary Oceania, underlines the value of creating a cultural forum at the national level to link islanders in contemporary Oceania. If the book is about the agency of women in Vanuatu, it is also very much about the agency of Bolton, the anthropologist who came to Vanuatu, under vcc aegis, with the express objective of making changes through the Women's Kastom Project. Rather than participant observation, Bolton characterizes her role as "participant engagement" (xv). Bolton's work was undertaken in partnership with key individuals,

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 23, 2004

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