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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.

Tonga and the Call for Freedom of Information

Back in 2012 members of the Tongan Government, public service, civil society and media came together in Nuku’alofa today to discuss the Government’s proposal for a national Freedom of Information (FOI) policy. The policy is a key step in the … Continue reading

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Right to Information in Vanuatu

I’ve been meaning to share an article that I saw a few months ago in the Vanuatu Daily Post about how the Acting Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, signed the first Right To Information (RTI) enforcement order bearing names of seven government agencies … Continue reading

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“The Witches’ Fire”- PNG

Our latest legend comes from Papua New Guinea. It is another story about how things originated and shows us the value of teamwork and collaboration. It can be found in the book The Turtle and the Island: Tales from Papua New … Continue reading

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Preserving Indigenous Pacific Languages

A couple of articles regarding Pacific Islands languages had recently come to my attention and that I have been meaning to share. First, Radio Australia reported that To draw attention to the risks of language loss and to document more … Continue reading

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ALA-ICA Annual Conference 2017

Today the Latin American Association of Archives-International Council on Archives (ALA-ICA) conference wrapped another successful and informative program. The conference ran from November 27-29 in Mexico City, Mexico. This was the first time that a Latin America country was the … Continue reading

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“Arts Alive” in the Pacific Islands

Recently I wrote a post about the first female solo art exhibition in Papua New Guinea (PNG) that was titled “Beauty Within PNG.” Since this post I have come across a few other extraordinary art exhibition that took place, or have … Continue reading

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How the Yam Came to Vanuatu

Speaking of Yams… Earlier this week I posted a story about the taro and yam exchange that took place a couple of months ago in Vanuatu. Throughout Melanesia yams and taro have traditionally been the major staple crops. The two have … Continue reading

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