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  • Six Months in the Sandwich Islandsby Isabella L. Bird

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 12.95

    Isabella Bird's thirty-one letters afford the reader intimate glimpses of Honolulu, Hilo, Kauai, and Maui in one of the most interesting periods of Hawaiian history. They include word portraits of people whose names are now part of the islands' rich heritage. Today, a century after Isabella Bird wandered over Hawaii, her book is as fresh as it was... more...

  • Innocent on the Bountyby Peter Heywood; Nessy Heywood; Donald A. Maxton

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    This is the first complete publication of a rare collection of letters and poems written from 1790 to 1792--many of which have never appeared in print--telling the true story of Peter Heywood, a young Royal Navy midshipman on H.M.S. Bounty wrongly accused of mutiny, and his devoted sister, Nessy, who worked tirelessly to save him from being condemned... more...

  • Foodways and Empathyby Anita von Poser

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 95.00

    Through the sharing of food, people feel entitled to inquire into one another?s lives and ponder one another?s states in relation to their foodways. This in-depth study focuses on the Bosmun of Daiden, a Ramu River people in an under-represented area in the ethnography of Papua New Guinea, uncovering the conceptual convergence of local notions of... more...

  • Growing Artefacts, Displaying Relationshipsby Ludovic Coupaye

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 95.00

    What gives artefacts their power and beauty? This ethnographic study of the decorated long yams made by the Nyamikum Abelam in Papua New Guinea examines how these artefacts acquire their specific properties through processes that mobilise and recruit diverse entities, substances and domains. All come together to form the ?finished product? that... more...

  • Historia ya Jamii ya Zanzibar Na Nyimbo za Siti Binti Saadby Laura Fair

    Twaweza Communications 2013; US$ 24.95

    Laura Fair is Professor of History at Michigan State University in the U.S.A. She lived in Zanzibar for many years doing research for her first book: Pastimes and Politics: Culture, Community and Identity in Post-abolition Urban Zanzibar, 1890-1945. In this book she illustrates how former slaves used the social and cultural tools at their command to... more...

  • Man Belong Mrs Queenby Matthew Baylis

    Old Street Publishing 2013; US$ 10.19

    As a bookish child growing up on Merseyside in the 1980s, Matthew Baylis identified with the much-mocked Prince Philip as a fellow outsider. He even had a poster of him on his bedroom wall. Years later, his Philip-worship long behind him, Baylis heard about the existence of a Philip cult on the South Sea island of Tanna. Why was it there? Nobody had... more...

  • Savage Harvestby Carl Hoffman

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 15.99

    The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors... more...

  • Day of Two Sunsby Jane Dibblin

    New Amsterdam Books 1998; US$ 11.99

    Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted some 66 nuclear bomb tests in the Marshall Islands. Day of Two Suns is a shocking and timely study of the story of a displaced people contaminated by nuclear fallout, forcibly resettled as their own islands become uninhabitable, and reduced to lives of poverty, ill-health, and dependence. It is also... more...

  • Bountiful Islandby David Damas

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 48.95

    In Bountiful Island a major Arctic scholar turns his eye on Micronesia: the small and isolated atoll of Pingelap in Micronesia lies in a moist climatic belt which encourages abundant plant life, including such food plants as coconuts, breadfruit and taro. In this detailed examination of land-tenure practices in the atoll, David Damas argues that... more...

  • Persistence of the Giftby Mike Evans

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 42.95

    Tonga, the South Pacific island kingdom located east of Fiji and south of Samoa, is one of the world's few remaining constitutional monarchies. Although Tonga has long been linked to the world system through markets and political relationships, in the last few decades emerging regional and global structures have had particularly intense and transformative... more...