Oral Histories of Pacific Islands Leaders of Independence

I would like to share with you an interesting collection created by Radio New Zealand titled, New Flags Flying. It is a collection of archival recordings of reminiscences of the leaders of independence in the Pacific Islands Nations. Most of the recordings were done in the 1990s. The collection consists of 16 programs. It begins by setting the general historical background of the Pacific Islands, and ends on the perspectives of Pacific Islands women. Transcripts are also provided for each program. 

Check out this extraordinary collection of Pacific leaders talking about the times of change as they remember their journeys to independence and self-government.

I’ll add the site to the “Sites We Like” section of the blog.

ApiaApia, Samoa


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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