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The Songmaker's Chair (review)

The Songmaker's Chair (review) book and media reviews was published. The book imparts an understanding of the Banabans' situation as a special case for aid from the other nations that have benefited from phosphate, since the Banabans have "fallen between the cracks" and do not benefit from aid given to either Fiji or Kiribati, the political entity under which their homeland of Banaba now falls. The editors have accomplished an admirable feat in collecting a wide range of stories and arranging them into such logical and compelling order. One and a Half Pacific Islands is a significant contribution to the literature on history from the Islanders' points of view. Through these unforgettable stories, the reader confronts in a highly personal way a largely overlooked society victimized by twentieth-century politics and industrialization. One gloss of the term "taulaaitu" is "anchor of the spirits." I have drawn on the quote from Ola because it places the taulaaitu on the same spectrum as the songmaker and the shaman. Ola is a very self-reflexive work and orients Polynesian culture within world cultures. The use of the star maps at the end of The Songmaker's Chair hints at its broader contexts as well. The pese, or song, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Songmaker's Chair (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (2) – Aug 13, 2007

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book and media reviews was published. The book imparts an understanding of the Banabans' situation as a special case for aid from the other nations that have benefited from phosphate, since the Banabans have "fallen between the cracks" and do not benefit from aid given to either Fiji or Kiribati, the political entity under which their homeland of Banaba now falls. The editors have accomplished an admirable feat in collecting a wide range of stories and arranging them into such logical and compelling order. One and a Half Pacific Islands is a significant contribution to the literature on history from the Islanders' points of view. Through these unforgettable stories, the reader confronts in a highly personal way a largely overlooked society victimized by twentieth-century politics and industrialization. One gloss of the term "taulaaitu" is "anchor of the spirits." I have drawn on the quote from Ola because it places the taulaaitu on the same spectrum as the songmaker and the shaman. Ola is a very self-reflexive work and orients Polynesian culture within world cultures. The use of the star maps at the end of The Songmaker's Chair hints at its broader contexts as well. The pese, or song,

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 13, 2007

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