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Fast Talking PI , and: I Can See Fiji: Poetry and Sounds (review)

Fast Talking PI , and: I Can See Fiji: Poetry and Sounds (review) book and media reviews investments to the range of museums is necessary and deserved when these museums and cultural centers engage with their communities, thrive, and continually evolve in spite of obstacles such as politics and internal institutional strife. The Future of Indigenous Museums presents not so much a critique of museums and cultural centers in the southwest Pacific as their histories and accolades for what has been achieved. What comes through is advocacy for indigenous participation and agency in museums, which are validated by the experiences and histories of the examples included. This is appropriate as the museums, cultural centers, and programs described are important to the cultural invigoration, preservation of material culture, and the indigenization of museums occurring throughout the Pacific. The examples of museums--the statuesque architecture of Tjibaou Cultural Centre, the remote Gogodala Cultural Centre's longhouse (in Western Province, Papua New Guinea) and Teptep, Papua New Guinea's Bebek Bema Yoma (ancestors' ceremonial compound or homestead), or villages that have become museums themselves--provide an "alternative perspective, presenting us with new ways of thinking about what constitutes a museum, curatorial behaviour and heritage preservation" (223). Fast Talking PI, by Selina Tusitala Marsh. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2009. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Fast Talking PI , and: I Can See Fiji: Poetry and Sounds (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 21, 2010

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book and media reviews investments to the range of museums is necessary and deserved when these museums and cultural centers engage with their communities, thrive, and continually evolve in spite of obstacles such as politics and internal institutional strife. The Future of Indigenous Museums presents not so much a critique of museums and cultural centers in the southwest Pacific as their histories and accolades for what has been achieved. What comes through is advocacy for indigenous participation and agency in museums, which are validated by the experiences and histories of the examples included. This is appropriate as the museums, cultural centers, and programs described are important to the cultural invigoration, preservation of material culture, and the indigenization of museums occurring throughout the Pacific. The examples of museums--the statuesque architecture of Tjibaou Cultural Centre, the remote Gogodala Cultural Centre's longhouse (in Western Province, Papua New Guinea) and Teptep, Papua New Guinea's Bebek Bema Yoma (ancestors' ceremonial compound or homestead), or villages that have become museums themselves--provide an "alternative perspective, presenting us with new ways of thinking about what constitutes a museum, curatorial behaviour and heritage preservation" (223). Fast Talking PI, by Selina Tusitala Marsh. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2009.

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Published: Feb 21, 2010

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