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    Places: Oceania

Australia, Fiji, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Phillipines,]  Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

ethnographies are marked

some supplementary historical and biographical materials are  included


Australian dreaming : 40,000 years of aboriginal history Jennifer Isaacs.

994.01 ISAACS 1984

Australian Dreaming is the first Aboriginal history of the Australian continent and its people, as told by Aboriginal storytellers. It recounts epic travels of the Great Spirit Ancestors and tells how they created the animals and plants and gave birth to the earliest people of this land.


Maori tattooing Horatio / Gordon Robley

391.65 ROBLEY 2003

Originally published in 1896, this classic of ethnography was assembled by a skilled illustrator who first encountered Maori tattoo art during his military service in New Zealand. Maori tattooing (moko) consists of a complex design of marks, made in ink and incised into the skin, that communicate the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This well-illustrated volume summarizes all previous accounts of moko and encompasses many of Robley's own observations. He relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, moko in legend and song, and the practice of mokomokai: the preservation of the heads of Maori ancestors.  


The Kayans : a journey through their rich cultural heritage and legacy / Richard Ibuh.

301.2995953 IBUH 2014

(ETHNOGRAPHY)  The Kayan people are categorized as part of the Dayak communities of Borneo, and this book focuses on the Sarawak tribe with special reference to the Kayan Uma Pu clan. Get insights on how Kayans expanded their living area over time; communication occurs even without an alphabet; villagers resolve household and community disputes; beliefs and omens play a critical role in their society. The Kayans have survived so long because they cooperate and stick together, even though they're scattered over a large area. While they've often been displaced, they'll enjoy a much brighter future if the world seeks to understand their culture, heritage, and accomplishments.


The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea / Annette B. Weiner

301.2995 WEINER 1988

(ETHNOGRAPHY)  This re-examination of the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea, the people described in Malinowski's classic ethnographic work of the early 20th century, provides a balanced view of the society from a male and female perspective, including coverage of new discoveries about the importance of woman's work and wealth in the society.


Samoan village / Lowell Don Holmes.

301.299614 HOLMES 1974

(ETHNOGRAPHY)  This case study, originally done in the 1950s,  focuses on the way the acceptance of Christianity brought about major changes within the culture. It also gives readers a working knowledge of the basic elements of traditional Samoan culture including subsistence, principles of rank, ceremonies, and the life cycle.

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