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The Time at Darwin's Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History (review)

The Time at Darwin's Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History (review) book and media reviews 507 a Hawaiian spear-support figure; and “traditions become icons bridging the Phyllis S Herda (“Cook Islands Tivae- worlds of their ancestors and their vae”) on Polynesian quilts— analyze children” (414). how art endows with social value the Earnestly conceived and carefully construction of cultural identity. Nick edited, the book is accessible to Stanley (“Museums and Indigenous readers in all fields and from all Identity”) puts Asmat art in a global backgrounds. Numerous color and context, surveying the participants, black-and-white illustrations vividly indigenous and alien, whose expec- enhance the text. Though published tations mold modern creativity and in the United States, the book flaunts regulate its eventual display. instances of non-American style, espe- Each essay in part 5, “Negotiating cially in spelling and punctuation. Change in Contemporary Pacific Art,” jacob love weighs “the tension between ‘tradi- Washington DC tional’ and ‘contemporary’ art, as well as ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ percep- *** tion of art” (11). The first two essays complement each other: Victor Totu The Time at Darwin’s Reef: Poetic (“The Impact of the Commercial Explorations in Anthropology and Development of Art on Traditional History, by Ivan Brady. Ethnographic Culture in the Solomon Islands”) Alternatives Book Series http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Time at Darwin's Reef: Poetic Explorations in Anthropology and History (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (2) – Jul 29, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2005 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 507 a Hawaiian spear-support figure; and “traditions become icons bridging the Phyllis S Herda (“Cook Islands Tivae- worlds of their ancestors and their vae”) on Polynesian quilts— analyze children” (414). how art endows with social value the Earnestly conceived and carefully construction of cultural identity. Nick edited, the book is accessible to Stanley (“Museums and Indigenous readers in all fields and from all Identity”) puts Asmat art in a global backgrounds. Numerous color and context, surveying the participants, black-and-white illustrations vividly indigenous and alien, whose expec- enhance the text. Though published tations mold modern creativity and in the United States, the book flaunts regulate its eventual display. instances of non-American style, espe- Each essay in part 5, “Negotiating cially in spelling and punctuation. Change in Contemporary Pacific Art,” jacob love weighs “the tension between ‘tradi- Washington DC tional’ and ‘contemporary’ art, as well as ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ percep- *** tion of art” (11). The first two essays complement each other: Victor Totu The Time at Darwin’s Reef: Poetic (“The Impact of the Commercial Explorations in Anthropology and Development of Art on Traditional History, by Ivan Brady. Ethnographic Culture in the Solomon Islands”) Alternatives Book Series

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 29, 2005

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