“Vanu-who,?” is often the response I get when I tell people where I’ll be working for a couple of weeks. Vanuatu: an island nation composed of approximately eighty islands in the western part of the South Pacific. It’s way out there. It can take two days to get to from the US. But it’s there. I swear, and it has an incredibly rich, vibrant and diverse culture.

In fact, all of the islands of the South Pacific have a fascinating and thriving culture. This is our impetus as we lend support to preserving their heritage. From Guam in northern Micronesia to New Caledonia in Melanesia to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in way out eastern Polynesia-the islands are tiny, but they cover a large range in the massive Pacific Ocean.

So, please, check-back on these pages, as we bring you our adventure in passionately helping record keeping organizations such as archives, libraries, cultural centers, and businesses of this isolated part of the world. Our hope is to provide you with South Pacific record keeping news, updates, photos, anecdotes, etc. and, of course, archival awareness.

Hopefully, soon, very soon, the next time I mention Vanuatu, I won’t get such a quizzical expression.


About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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1 Response to Vanu-who?

  1. Sonia says:

    Hi this is a great resource and I would like to share our website and if we can assist in anyway happy to…

    Our organisation helps to reconnect families separated by the Blackbirding practices of the past (Australia & Fiji…taking labour for their sugar plantations and more from Vanuatu, Solomons, New Caledonia, PNG etc) We also do a range of research, and community development. Thank yu tumas


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