292 the contemporary pacific • 32:1 (2020) Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Politics more localized political forms and in Contemporary Oceania, edited by perspectives through attention to Edvard Hviding and Geoffrey White. collectively shared cultural heritages. Herefordshire, uk: Sean Kingston Anyone interested in revisiting the Publishing, 2015. isbn cloth 978- invention of tradition discussion will 1-907774-38-6; isbn paper 978-1- find a number of extremely useful and 907774-87-4; x + 285 pages, illustra- stimulating currents cutting across this tions, maps. Cloth, us$100.00; section. In chapter one, Rosita Henry paper, us$40.00. illustrates how festivals not only pro- vide Torres Strait communities with The unique history of Oceanic mobil- opportunities for social effervescence ity comes from the richness of human- and the refreshing of relationships but ity—a far-reaching, interconnected leg- also serve as potent sites of decolonial acy of communication and worldviews agency, empowering grassroots Yolngu over deep time. Together, the contribu- leaders to act as diplomats on behalf tors to Pacific Alternatives: Cultural of their people, thus transcending Politics in Contemporary Oceania contemporary state-to-Indigenous- suggest that despite the enduring community relations. Chapters two attention to state-centered academic and three explore cultural heritage research about Pacific Islands and the as a powerful agent of
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