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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.

Custom Governance to Preserve Land in Vanuatu

The people of Vanuatu, a name which means ‘Land Eternal’, are largely Melanesian and the people are called Ni-Vanuatu (meaning ‘of Vanuatu’). Ni-Vanuatu have lived in their islands for centuries and more than 110 distinctly different cultures and languages still thrive … Continue reading

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Research Into Marshallese Navigation Will Revive Culture

Radio New Zealand recently ran a short article about Harvard Professor John Huth’s book titled The Lost Art of Finding Our Way. Professor Huth wants to further document traditional Marshallese navigation methods to help boost the islands’ indigenous culture. Marshall Islands wave piloting … Continue reading

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A New Online Chamorro Language Resource

Earlier this year the University of Guam (UOG) launched a Website that teaches the native tongue making the Chamorro language more accessible than ever before. is an online, learner-driven resource geared towards teaching the language, whether you’re from Guam or abroad. The … Continue reading

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Maui the Fisherman

Our next legend in the series comes to us from Samoa and is about the demigod, Maui. Maui is a well-known legend among the people of the Pacific Islands especially those from the Polynesian islands, and is considered one of the more … Continue reading

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Museum Of Samoa “Expanding Its Walls”

The mission of the Museum of Samoa is to safeguard Samoa’s cultural heritage. It houses several artifacts and exhibitions and conducts educational programs and tours. The collection depicts the Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way), its history and its tropical environment. It also … Continue reading

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Fiji To Enhance Respect and Appreciation of Cultural Diversity

The Fiji Times Online recently had a story stating that the Department of Heritage and Arts in Fiji has set out strategies to enhance and improve cultural diversity in the country. Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy said one … Continue reading

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New Tongan Translation of Mariner’s Book

I really like this story that I came across a couple of months ago on the Matangi Tonga Online new site. I’ve been meaning to share this with you and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to do … Continue reading

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