More Good News from Vanuatu

Congratulations to Vanuatu as the Arthur Bernard Deacon collection is now on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World International Register. The material that Deacon collected during his visit to Malekula in 1926 from the individuals he interviewed is of great value to the people of the islands of Vanuatu. He recorded the language, customs and traditional tales of the people he studied, and illustrated the famous sand drawing tradition for which the islands are still renowned.

As Anne Naupa, Vanuatu National Archivist, exclaims,

“Deacon’s original publication is one of our treasured items in the National Library and is regularly referred to by researchers, students, and the general public. Our sand drawings were  proclaimed a “Masterpiece  of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003 and we have just celebrated this 10-year old inscription with a 3-day mini-festival of intangible culture – sand drawings, weaving, carving and kastom dancing.”

Here’s the official UNESCO’s listing for Arthur Bernard Deacon collection.

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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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