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The Ways of the Land-Tree: Sia Raga Cosmography

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This chapter considers the somewhat different ontological and historiographic codes by which Sia Raga people explore and interpret their emergent being in the world. It discusses the deployment of ... More


The Story of Jimmy

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

The practice of telling historical narratives pervades daily life on north Pentecost. This chapter explores the significance of one such narrative: the arresting account of the adventures of Jimmy, ... More


Sia Raga Architectonics: Knowledge and Agency of Houses

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This chapter explores the design of Sia Raga dwelling places, both in the architectural sense of a construction plan or template, and also in the sense of a mental plan or strategy by which the house ... More


Fluid Technologies: Paths of Relationship, Spirals of Exchange

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This chapter analyzes Sia Raga kinship structures, highlighting the significance of the pig tusk. Circulation and return are central to the imagery by which the Sia Raga conceive of the relationships ... More


Prologue: Ways of the Place

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This prologue provides an overview of the book's key themes. This book focuses on the Sia Raga ways of the place—the dynamic shapes and trajectories that give form to their social, spatial, and ... More


Shifting Habitats and Dynamics of Space: Gender and the Sacred in Sia Raga Social Practice

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

The upper plateau of the north Pentecost landscape is littered with physical evidence of abandoned hamlets and ceremonial sites—in the form of old house foundations or the aged mwele (cycad palms) ... More


Epilogue: And Still They Go to the Moon

John Patrick Taylor

in The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This epilogue presents an extract from an interview with John Leo Tamata about his life and the recent history of Gilau. John is a remarkable man whose desire and ability to maneuver the kinds of ... More


The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu

John Patrick Taylor

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833022
eISBN:
9780824869335
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833022.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Pacific Studies

This is the first major ethnographic and historical study of the Sia Raga people of north Pentecost Island, a region that was home to the late Father Walter Lini, Vanuatu's first prime minister. ... More


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