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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.

The Fire-walkers of Beqa

We return to the Fiji Islands for our next legend. On the small island of Beqa the mystic gift of walking barefoot on hot stones is a widely told folklore, and little is known about the rare gift of healing … Continue reading

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The Cultural and Historical Impact of U.S. Military Buildup in Guam

The Pacific Daily News reported that several weeks ago representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, government of Guam and public consultants met to review progress on the military buildup projects involving historic properties. The workshop was an open space for participants … Continue reading

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Indigenous Book Series Launched in Vanuatu

A workshop was recently held at the Vanuatu Cultural Center (VKS) to introduce the revised editions of a series of books for teachers entitled Teaching Indigenous Knowledge and Resources Management in the Primary School. The books form part of a … Continue reading

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The Preservation of the Niuean Language

In April of this year Niuean leaders gathered at the Vagahau Niue (Niue language) Conference held in the village of Mutalau and called for locals and Niueans living abroad to fight for the preservation of the Niuean language. Although only … Continue reading

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Debolar, The First Coconut

The coconut tree is known as the “tree of life” and many legends in the Pacific Islands are about how they began. The tree is a vital part of their societies, and without coconuts, most of the tropical islands in … Continue reading

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Happy International Archives Day 2017!

June 9th is upon once again and many of you may remember that this date means International Archives Day. Here’s the inspiring message from David Fricker, President of the International Council on Archives (ICA): “This year’s International Archives Day theme … Continue reading

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Conservation Outreach to be Conducted by Traditional Samoan Canoe

The Samoana Folauga or Moana Conservation Outreach was officially launched this past April by Conservation International (CI), Samoa Voyaging Society, the Government of Samoa and partners. Sponsored by Conservation International and the Disney Conservation Fund this was the “first-of-its kind” collaboration that … Continue reading

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