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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.

Arts and Cultural Center Breaks Ground in Samoa

Recently Neferititi Matatia of the Samoa Observer wrote an article about the groundbreaking ceremony that took place a couple of weeks ago at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture compound for the China-Samoa Friendship Park and Arts and Culture Center. … Continue reading

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International Museum Day 2018

Happy International Museum Day! Today, May 18, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day. The theme for this year’s festivities is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics.” In 2017 International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 36,000 museums hosting … Continue reading

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Tangaroa Creates the Great Shell of the World- Tahiti

In the Polynesian culture the sea is often considered to be the source and foundation of all life, and Tangaroa is known as the god of the sea. Because he has the status as “supreme creator god,” many stories were told … Continue reading

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The Origin of the Song, “Isa Lei”

If you have ever traveled to Fiji, you were probably very fortunate to hear the “Isa Lei” which is the beautiful traditional song of farewell that Fijians sing to departing visitors. Melodic and inspiring, its sweet notes rise in layers of … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Tongan Tapa

Tonga is well-known as one of the Islands in the Pacific to practice the art of ngatu making. From their ancestors, ngatu making has been passed down throughout the generations and it has become deeply embedded within our beautiful culture. The … Continue reading

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World Intellectual Property Update

The year wouldn’t be complete without a World Intellectual Property update. Apparently, every April 26, the world celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This … Continue reading

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MACFest Event Outline

Last week I announced that the 2018 Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFest) had an online presence. This week the Solomon Star reported that the main program for the upcoming 6th MACFest is now available online and interested people can get a … Continue reading

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