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Introduction

Narratives, Ontologies, Entanglements, and Iconoclasms

Sondra L. Hausner, Simon Coleman, and Ruy Llera Blanes

personal history as the basis from which she learned to observe, research, and write about religion. The articles section features detailed discussions about multiple parts of the world, from Melanesia to China and back to India, in addition to revisiting

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Objects as Archives of a Disrupted Past

The Lengnangulong Sacred Stone from Vanuatu in France, Revisited

Hugo DeBlock

The material culture and arts of Vanuatu and wider Melanesia were subject to the collecting frenzies of the so-called “Museum Age” or the “Expedition Period” of anthropology (roughly the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) and, as a

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Eleanor Sterling, Tamara Ticktin, Tē Kipa Kepa Morgan, Georgina Cullman, Diana Alvira, Pelika Andrade, Nadia Bergamini, Erin Betley, Kate Burrows, Sophie Caillon, Joachim Claudet, Rachel Dacks, Pablo Eyzaguirre, Chris Filardi, Nadav Gazit, Christian Giardina, Stacy Jupiter, Kealohanuiopuna Kinney, Joe McCarter, Manuel Mejia, Kanoe Morishige, Jennifer Newell, Lihla Noori, John Parks, Pua’ala Pascua, Ashwin Ravikumar, Jamie Tanguay, Amanda Sigouin, Tina Stege, Mark Stege, and Alaka Wali

” communities that addresses the complexity of human-environment interactions. Melanesian Well-Being Indicators: A Biocultural Approach Jamie Tanguay The Melanesian Well-Being Indicators were developed in Vanuatu and designed for relevance across Melanesia, with

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Making Friends of the Nations

Australian Interwar Magazines and Middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific

Victoria Kuttainen and Sarah Galletly

” (1). In the interwar period, as Australia took up a sub-imperial role in Melanesia; as public debate underscored an increasing awareness of Britain’s inadequacy in providing naval defense in the region; and as passenger liner traffic massified across

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Introduction

Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

comparative work has been carried out, especially in Melanesia and the Amazon, with veritable ‘theory schools’ emerging from these efforts. 13 An example of regional comparison on a relatively small scale is Ramble’s (1990) examination of two rather close

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Unpacking the Museum Register

Institutional Memories of the Potlatch Collection Repatriation

Emma Knight

Art: Art, Politics, and Identity in the Modern World , ed. Jeremy MacClancy , 85 – 130 . New York : Berg . Strathern , Marilyn . 1988 . The Gender of the Gift: Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia . Studies in Melanesian

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Bruno Haas, Philipp Schorch, and Michael Mel

. Bolton , Lissant , Nicholas Thomas , Elizabeth Bonshek , Julie Adams , and Ben Burt . 2013 . Melanesia: Art and Encounter . Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press . Bredekamp , Horst . 2000 . Theorie des Bildaktes . Frankfurt on the

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The Uncanniness of Missionary Others

A Discursive Analysis of a Century of Anthropological Writings on Missionary Ethnographers

Travis Warren Cooper

’s admonition to the missionaries in Melanesia, the observer can witness a third anthropological discourse about missionary work—one that applies an evaluative taxonomy to the missionaries themselves. In 1909, Rivers employs a program of valuation to the

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Minestrone Stories

Teaching anthropology through serendipitous cultural exchanges

Regnar Kristensen

political conventions, the indirect exchanges in the Minestrone Stories intended to break with them in order to provoke serendipitous social contact. Hence, Malinowski's serendipitous finding in Melanesia was used to instigate our teaching-by-serendipity in

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Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections

Disentangling Provenance, Provenience, and Context in Vanuatu Assemblages

James L. Flexner

: Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia . Berkeley : University of California Press . Torrence , Robin . 2000 . “ Just Another Trader? An Archaeological Perspective on European Barter with Admiralty Islanders, Papua New Guinea .” Pp