2006/03/03

Pacific Island Music, News, and More

A big Vinaka vaka levu (Fijian thank you) to Peceli and Wendy's blog Babasiga, about their life in both Fiji and Australia, for bringing a cool website to my attention. Jane Resture's Fiji Home Page has a wealth of information about Fiji and be sure to check out her postcards section for some really great old photos of Fijian people and scenery.


If your interest lies in other Pacific islands, visit her Oceania Home Page.

Also added in links is an excellent news source from the East-West Center and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii: Pacific Islands Report. As newspapers in island nations have a struggle paying for internet news sites, this website is a good way to catch up on what's going on all around the Pacific.

Last but not least, for your listening pleasure, is a link to Pacific Island Radio featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary music from Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia over "Live 365". So click on the link and enjoy some island tunes while you surf the web.

11 comments:

Robin said...

geee.. the native in the battle array looks frightening.,.. as if from friday the 13th...

stay away from my nightmare..

Anonymous said...

Bula Panda
Is the Taveuni blog yours too? There are a couple of hyperlinks there that don't work, one of which was on old photos of Fiji. If this is your blog too can you reload the pages please. Vinaka.

PinkPanther said...

I had a trip in New Zealand in few years ago, visited those Maori aborigine houses and learnt a bit culture about the aboriginals. Well, those photos (post cards) that you posted here looked like the similar, are they the same tribe?

Pandabonium said...

Pinkpanther, wow, a trip to New Zealand. Near the top of my things to do.

You bring up a good point. The native people of New Zealand are the Maori. Interestingly enough, they are Polynesians and are related to the Tahitians, Samoans, and Hawaiians, both ethnically and culturally going back perhaps 5 thousand years. The Polynesians, as a distinct group, are traced back to Samoa both by oral history and DNA.

The Fijians (and others in the western part of the South Pacific) are believed to have come from what is now Papua New Guinea around 3,500 years ago and are ethnically called Melanesians.

Anyone with more knowledge, please feel free to correct me. I won't bore anyone with the list of things I don't know, so feel free to comment.

So Maori and Fijians are from different cultures and backgrounds. But as Fijians say - "one salt water" - we all come from the ocean and are brothers.

I've been planning a post on the migrations and settlement of oceania, but it is such a big topic I hardly know where to begin!

Pandabonium said...

Robin, Yes the Fijians were fierce warriors and their clubs were designed to open skulls. Sweet dreams. :P

Vinaka anonymous, Taveuni is our blog, I've fixed the links there. The same article is on this blog in the February archive. Thanks again.

agus said...

Bula Panda. Thanks for the links. They remind me to tune in to different cultures once in a while. Some share common aspects which lead close to home and it is a delightful discovery.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hi Panda,
Yeah, finding Jane's site was accidental but a treasure.
Re migrations - tracing language, DNA, lapita pottery will eventually provide lots of info. Even links back to South east China through Indonesia some say. Fijians are a mix of Melanesian and Polynesian - eastern side, chiefly system is definitely Polynesian. Some people were taught in Fiji schools that there is a link with Africa but I don't think so. It is a good topic to explore.
W.

Pandabonium said...

Thanks W. - Just who I was hoping would chime in here and rescue me actually. That is interesting regarding the the chiefly system being polynesian.

I suppose if we turn the clock back far enough the whole world traces its roots back to Africa, but in understanding cultures more recent roots, such as you mention, are more helpful. Thanks for the input.

The Moody Minstrel said...

This just keeps getting more and more interesting.

Speaking of ignorance, I always thought (till now) that the Fijians were also of Polynesian descent. Papua New Guinea? Curiouser and curiouser! I guess I jsut never paid that much attention to that corner of the world till now. I think the same can be said of a lot of Westerners (as in most?).

Chen said...

"Vinaka vaka levu" for the links :)
It is always good to learn more about the cultures and lifestyle of others..

Pandabonium said...

MM - It is interesting to read about the various theries of Pacific settlement that have been put forth over the last century. We're still learning.

Chen, you are welcome. I hope enjoy some of these links.