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Buveurs de Kava by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot (review)

Buveurs de Kava by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot (review) the contemporary pacific · 28:1 (2016) Buveurs de Kava, by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot. Port Vila: Éditions Geo-Consulte, 2014. isbn 978-29533362-3-8; 361 pages, maps, illustrations, figures, tables, index, bibliography. Cloth, us$189.99. At first glance, the format of Buveurs de Kava suggests a coffee-table publication--richly illustrated, glossy, big format, and broadly informative. It is thus a pleasant surprise to find that this turns out to be a book with a much larger ambition. The most comprehensive account of the kava plant and its cultural history to date, Buveurs de Kava draws together central cultural and historical materials for crucial aspects of Pacific history. Chapters take up kava's history and prehistory, its diffusion among the islands of the Pacific, a detailed picture of the commercial role kava now plays in its recent spread to Australia and Europe, and debates on kava's health benefits or use in medicine. In certain respects, the book is Vanuatucentric, but this follows from the book's claim that Vanuatu has been the major center of domestication and export of the Piper methysticum plant throughout history. Many color photos from all over the Pacific beautifully demonstrate the centrality of the drink for the Pacific way of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Buveurs de Kava by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 28 (1) – Jan 7, 2016

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the contemporary pacific · 28:1 (2016) Buveurs de Kava, by Patricia Siméoni and Vincent Lebot. Port Vila: Éditions Geo-Consulte, 2014. isbn 978-29533362-3-8; 361 pages, maps, illustrations, figures, tables, index, bibliography. Cloth, us$189.99. At first glance, the format of Buveurs de Kava suggests a coffee-table publication--richly illustrated, glossy, big format, and broadly informative. It is thus a pleasant surprise to find that this turns out to be a book with a much larger ambition. The most comprehensive account of the kava plant and its cultural history to date, Buveurs de Kava draws together central cultural and historical materials for crucial aspects of Pacific history. Chapters take up kava's history and prehistory, its diffusion among the islands of the Pacific, a detailed picture of the commercial role kava now plays in its recent spread to Australia and Europe, and debates on kava's health benefits or use in medicine. In certain respects, the book is Vanuatucentric, but this follows from the book's claim that Vanuatu has been the major center of domestication and export of the Piper methysticum plant throughout history. Many color photos from all over the Pacific beautifully demonstrate the centrality of the drink for the Pacific way of

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Published: Jan 7, 2016

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