Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies, by Katrina-Ann R Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira; see story on page 2. Published by Oregon State University Press. 2014. 216 pages. ISBN 978-0-87071-673-7, paper, US$21.95. http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/ancestral-places.
The Art of Excavation, by Leilani Tamu; see story page 2. Published by Anahera Press Ltd. 2014. 99 pages; ISBN 978-0-473-29004-7, paper, NZ$24.00. www.wheelers.co.nz. E-book, US$4.99. www.amazon.com/dp/B00MKRL4A6
The Ethnographic Experiment: A M Hocart and W H R Rivers in Island Melanesia, 1908, edited by Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg, is a volume on the work of A M Hocart and W H R Rivers and their 1908 fieldwork in the Solomon Islands and other parts of Island Melanesia, which became a methodological hallmark of social anthropology. Published by Berghahn Books as volume 1 of the series Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists. 2014, 336 pages; ISBN 978-1-78238-342-0, cloth, US$95.00. Use the link below for 50% discount until 31 August. www.berghahnbooks.com/extras/docs/flyer/HvidingEthnographic_9781782383420.html
Fijian Reference Grammar by Albert J Schütz focuses on describing the language in context and includes material writen and spoken by Fijians such as newspapers and a DVD of Lakovi, a Fijian play. Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014, 494 pages; ISBN 978-1-49925-7885, paper, US$25.00. www.amazon.com/Fijian-Reference-Grammar-Albert-Sch%C3%BCtz/dp/1499257880
Pacific Futures: Projects, Politics and Interests, edited by Will Rollason, asks how our understanding of social life in the Pacific would be different if we approached it from the perspective of the futures that Pacific people dream of, predict, or struggle to achieve, rather than the reproduction of cultural tradition. From Christianity to gambling, marriage to cargo cult, military coups to reflections on childhood fishing trips, the contributors to this volume show how Pacific people are actively shaping their lives with the future in mind. Published by Berghahn Books as volume 2 of the series Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists. 2014, 256 pages; ISBN 978-1-78238-350-5, cloth, US$95.00. Use the link below for 50% discount until 31 August. www.berghahnbooks.com/extras/docs/flyer/RollasonPacific_9781782383505.html
from unincorporated territory [guma’], by Craig Santos Perez, UHM Department of English, includes a variety of poetic forms including lyric, narrative, documentary, and conceptual poems, dramatic monologues, and prose essays that highlight the everyday struggles of staying connected to native origins and customs while adjusting to new American cultures and terrains. Published by Omni Dawn Press. 2014, 96 pages; ISBN 978-1-8906-5091-9, paper, US$17.95. www.omnidawn.com/products-page/poetry/from-unincorporated-territory-gumacraig-santos-perez/
Language Contact in the Early Colonial Pacific: Maritime Polynesian Pidgin before Pidgin English, by Emanuel J Drechsel, UHM Interdisciplinary Studies, is a philological and ethnohistorical study of how Europeans interacted with Eastern Polynesians; it presents a historical-sociolinguistic description and analysis of Maritime Polynesian Pidgin. Published by Cambridge University Press. 2014, 349 pages; ISBN 978-1-1070-1510-4, cloth, US$99.00. www.cambridge.org/9781107015104
Leviathans at the Gold Mine,by Alex Golub, UHM Department of Anthropology, provides an ethnographic account of the Ipili in Papua New Guinea. Dr Golub traces the connections between an enormous gold mine (the third largest on the planet in 1990) operated by an international conglomerate on Ipili land and the process through which “the Ipili” and “the mine” brought each other into being as entities as well as the struggles the Ipili now face with the massive influx of migrants and money in their valley. Published by Duke University Press. 2014, 264 pages; ISBN 978-0-8223-5494-9, cloth, US$84.95; ISBN 978-0-8223-5508-3, paper, US$23.95. www.dukeupress.edu/Leviathans-at-the-Gold-Mine For a 30% discount, enter the coupon code E14GOLUB during checkout.
Honoring the Pacific Ocean and its many cultures and stories, Squid Out of Water: An Evolution is the second poetry collection of Daren Kamali, a poet, artist, and teacher of Fijian and Wallis and Futuna descent. Published by Ala Press. 2014, 68 pages; paper, ISBN 978-1-4975-5976-9, US$11.15. www.amazon.com/Squid-Out-Water-The-Evolution/dp/1497559766
Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of the Pele and Hiʻiaka Literature, by kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, UHM Department of English, explores how stories of the volcano goddess Pele and her youngest sister Hi‘iaka, patron of hula, are most familiar as a form of literary colonialism—first translated by missionary descendants and others, then co-opted by Hollywood and the tourist industry. Through thistext, Dr hoʻomanawanui aims to recover the lost and often-suppressed political significance of this literature to move toward restoring it to its primary place in Hawaiian culture. Published by University of Minnesota Press. 2014, 312 pages; ISBN 978-0-8166-7921-8, cloth, US$75.00; ISBN 978-0-8166-7922-5, paper, US$25.00. www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/voices-of-fire
Afakasi Speaks is the first collection of poetry by Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor. The award-winning spoken word artist explores the complexities of her identity, and gives voice to the power of family and language even as they reveal painful colonial legacies. Published by Ala Press. 2013, 51 pages, ISBN 9781492876069, paper, US$11.66. http://www.amazon.com/Afakasi-Speaks-Teuila-Evelyn-Taylor/dp/1492876062.
Dark Sparring is Selina Tusitala Marsh’s second collection of poetry and includes an accompanying CD. She takes readers through an intimate journey combating the loss of her mother with techniques of poetry, ritual, and Thai kickboxing. Published by Auckland University Press. 2013, 104 pages and CD, ISBN 9781869407865, paper, NZ$27.99. http://store.press.auckland.ac.nz/dark-sparring-poems/. Also available as an ebook.
France in the South Pacific by Denise Fisher combines historical background with political and economic analysis to offer insight about the history of France’s presence and investments in the Pacific region. Fisher also examines the issues and possible solutions for the French Pacific as New Caledonia’s independence referendum approaches and French Polynesia continues to call for independence. Published by ANU E Press. 2013, 342 pages, ISBN 9781922144942, paper, A$24.95. ISBN 9781922144959, ebook. Available at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/france-in-the-south-pacific.
Governing New Guinea: An Oral History of Papuan Administrators, 1950-1990 by Leontine Visser includes 17 oral histories of the everyday life of Papuan civil servants, including their relationships with superiors and colleagues, the murder of a Dutch administrator, their translation of “development” to the Papuan people, the organization of their first democratic institutions, and the actual political and economic conditions leading up to the so-called Act of Free Choice. Published by Koninklijk Instituut. 2012, 358 pages, ISBN 9789067183932, paper, €36.99. http://www.kitlv.nl/book/show/1328. Available as PDF from http://www.oapen.org/download?type=document&docid=428891.
The Man Who Would Not Die: The Autobiography of an Orokaiva Man by Lucian Vevehupa and translated by Andre Iteanu. Vevehupa told Iteanu stories about his life as a priest, politician, and traditional dancer. These stories relate to and reflect Papua New Guineans efforts to defend their land and way of life from colonial powers and international companies. Published by University of Papua New Guinea Press. 2013, 74 pages, ISBN 978-9980879134, paper, US $21.53. http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Who-Would-Autobiography/dp/9980879130.
Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction, edited by Frank Kouwenhoven and James Kippen, includes “The Marks of a Sensual Person: Music and Dance Performance in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia” by Jane Moulin (UHM Music Department and CPIS affiliate faculty). Published by Eburon Publishers, Delft. 2014, 496 pages, ISBN 9789059725263, cloth, €38.00. http://www.eburon.nl/music_dance_and_the_art_of_seduction.
Pacific Missionary George Brown 1835-1917 by Margaret Reeson tells the story of missionary who lived in Sāmoa and Papua New Guinea and made repeated visits to Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. He gained unwanted notoriety for involvement in a violent confrontation and lived through conflict in many contexts but also frequently worked as a peacemaker. Published by ANU E Press. 2013, 351 pages, ISBN 9781921862977, paper, A$24.95. ISBN 9781921862984, ebook. Available at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/pacific-missionary-george-brown.
Securing Village Life: Development in Late Colonial Papua New Guinea by Scott MacWilliam examines post-World War II Australian colonial policy and its relationship to the modern idea of development particularly for the colony of Papua and the United National Trust Territory of New Guinea. Published by The Australian National University E Press. 2012, 306 pages, ISBN 9781922144843, paper, A$24.95. ISBN 9781922144850, ebook. Available at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/securing-village-llife.