“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.