ICAS 2017 Annual Report


Funafuti, Tuvalu

For those of you who are interested, the 2017 ICAS Annual Report is now available to review on our Website. You can access the report, as well as previous annual reports, by simply clicking here.  Some of the highlights from last year include:

Throughout 2017 we ran a series of Pacific Islands Legends that appeared on our WordPress and Facebook pages and attracted many viewers. The goal of this project was to allow readers to become familiar with intriguing and fascinating legends of the region. Artist, Tara Bonvillain, provided the illustrations for each of the stories. In 2018 we plan to have an art exhibition on the ICAS Website showcasing Tara’s incredible artwork.

Our blog, “Island Time,” on WordPress continued to attract many readers throughout the year. Since the start of the blog, we have published 349 posts. Here are some of the most viewed posts of 2017:
“Introducing: The New Palau Archives” January 2017
“New Museum Opens on Rarotonga” February 2017
“Traditional Celebrations for Yap Day” March 2017
“Passing on the Art of Making Mats in Fiji” May 2017
“Preservation of the Niuean Language” June 2017
“Weaving Festival on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands” August 2017
“Vanuatu’s Customary Taro and Yam Exchange” November 2017
“Preserving Indigenous Pacific Languages” December 2017

People from over 100 countries worldwide visited the post. This practically covered every country in the world! The most visitors came from the United States, Australia New Zealand, Germany and Guam. We even had a few visitors from countries such as Finland, India and Latvia.


Executive Director, Brandon Oswald, had a book published by Dockside Sailing Press titled Mr. Moonlight of the South Seas. The book describes the adventurous life of
American author Robert Dean Frisbie, who lived in the South Seas from 1920 until his death in 1948. Although he is part of a long line of South Seas writers that began with Herman Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Frisbie managed to do
what very few of these writers could do — after going to the Pacific, he stayed there for the rest of his life. He first arrived in Tahiti, French Polynesia, where he met author James Norman Hall. The two would remain friends for the rest of
their lives. Hall and Charles Nordhoff wrote Mutiny on the Bounty and later the Bounty Trilogy. After four years in Tahiti, Frisbie left for the tiny atoll of Pukapuka, Cook Islands, where he hoped the solitude would enable him to write his
masterpiece. Frisbie embraced life there; he married, had children and lived a life completely different from those of his American contemporaries. He was also a contemporary of James Michener. Frisbie’s writings would put Pukapuka on
the map and his adventures would become the stuff of Pacific Islands’ lore.


The book is currently part of the San Diego Public Library 52nd Annual Local Author Showcase and is also on display at the library’s Online Exhibit.

The ICAS 2017 Annual Report also features reports from projects and conferences that truly highlight our mission.


Pacific Harbour, Fiji

Thank you to all those who made 2017 an awesome year. Looking forward to an extraordinary 2018!


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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