The Things We Value: Culture and History in Solomon Islands Ben Burt

ISBN: 9781907774218

Published: January 31st 2014

Hardcover

156 pages


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The Things We Value: Culture and History in Solomon Islands  by  Ben Burt

The Things We Value: Culture and History in Solomon Islands by Ben Burt
January 31st 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 156 pages | ISBN: 9781907774218 | 7.45 Mb

The Things We Value takes as its subject the creativity and cultural heritage of Solomon Islands, focusing on the kinds of objects produced and valued by local communities across this diverse country in the south-west Pacific. Combining historicalMoreThe Things We Value takes as its subject the creativity and cultural heritage of Solomon Islands, focusing on the kinds of objects produced and valued by local communities across this diverse country in the south-west Pacific. Combining historical and interpretive analyses with personal memories and extensive illustrations, the contributors examine such distinctive forms as red feather-money, shell valuables, body ornaments, war canoes, ancestral stones and wood carvings.

Their essays discuss the materials, designs, manufacture, properties and meanings of artefacts from across the country. Solomon Islanders value these things variously as currency, heirlooms and commodities, for their beauty, power and sanctity, and as bearers of the historical identities and relationships which sustain them in a rapidly changing world. The volume brings together indigenous experts and leading international scholars as authors of the most geographically comprehensive anthology of Solomon Islands ethnography yet published.

It engages with historical and contemporary issues from a range of perspectives, anthropological and archaeological, communal and personal, and makes a major new contribution to Pacific Islands studies.



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