246 the contemporary pacific • 23:1 (2011) The impact of these encounters, Moving Images: John Layard, Field- Mosko argues, was a radical change work and Photography on Malakula in Mekeo and Roro society that was since 1914, by Haidy Geismar and “anything but an easy transition from Anita Herle. Adelaide: Crawford chiefly to colonial hierarchy” (285). House Publishing, in association with Though the approach put forth University of Cambridge Museum of by the essays in this volume is valu- Archaeology and Anthropology, 2009. able, the collection as a whole is not isbn 978-1-86333-319-1, xii + 308 without some problematic points. pages, 240 dual-tone photographs, For example, there is a heavy focus maps, index. Cloth, a$89.95. on Polynesia and Melanesia, with little attention given to the Islands This fine book is an important contri- and Islanders that make up Micro- bution to both the history of anthro- nesia. Further, aside from the work pology and the history of Vanuatu. of Mosko and Bonnemère and Lem- John Layard’s fieldwork, primarily on onnier, the essays tend to shy away Atchin and Vao in Northeast Mala- from the violent nature of many of kula in 1914 and 1915, was contem- the encounters described.
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 26, 2011