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.

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  1. Taiylor H says:


    I’m a sophomore college student enrolled in a Poltical Science Research class at Howard University in the United States and I am conducting research on the Cook Islands. Could you give me an estimate of when the first Africans arrived in the Cook Islands, what country they were from in Africa and where they migrated to specifically in the Cook Islands? Any and all information on the subject would be greatly appreciated. If the resocurces for the answers are limited, reasonable estimates would be fine.

    Thank you so much for your cooperation,

  2. lissfinney says:


    I am currently researching to create a documentary and exhibition on art and culture which is threatened by climate change. I was wondering if you might be able to put me in contact with the right people to talk to about which communities cultures within the pacific islands are most at risk of loosing traditional art making and activities of cultural significants due to the effects of climate change – i.e loss of materials, loss of habitat and land, risk of becoming climate change refugees etc. I am planning on travelling to affected parts of the world and conducting interviews with communities and documenting these practices. If you would be able to put me in touch with the right people to talk to that would be amazing. Thanks so much,

    Best regards,

    Liss Finney

    • Dear Liss-

      Thanks for your comment.

      I will be doing a project in Tuvalu this spring at the National Archives. Tuvalu should definitely be high on your list of islands threatened by climate change. If I come across anyone who can discuss with you the issues pertaining to their community, I will email you their name and contact information.

      Have a nice day-
      Brandon Oswald
      Executive Director
      Island Culture Archival Support

  3. Christoph Klein says:

    good afternoon, How can I purchase a beautiful Vanuatu slit drum? Many thanks Christoph

    • Hi-
      I know a few handicraft shops in and around Port Vila, Vanuatu sell slit-drums especially smaller ones. You may have to search the Web for the sale of taller ones. Feel free to contact the Vanuatu Cultural Center. They may be able to provide you with a contact.

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