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Unfolding the moon : enacting women's kastom in Vanuatu

Author: Lissant Bolton
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Unfolding the Moon is a lucid and engaging account of a quiet but crucial transformation in the status of women in Vanuatu. In the first decades after independence in 1980, kastom - ingenous knowledge and practice - became a key marker of ni-Vanuatu identity. Long used as a unifying force against the Anglo-French expatriates by leaders of the independence movement, kastom was almost entirely concerned with men:
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Bolton, Lissant, 1954-
Unfolding the moon.
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)654241684
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lissant Bolton
ISBN: 0824825357 9780824825355
OCLC Number: 50006523
Description: xxxv, 232 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. History/Kastom --
2. Kastom in the National Arena --
3. Women without Kastom --
4. Ples --
5. Ambae: On Being a Person of the Place --
6. Plaiting: "The Reason That Women Came into the World" --
7. Dyeing: Designs, Power, Status --
8. Making Textiles into Kastom --
Conclusion: Women with Kastom.
Responsibility: Lissant Bolton.

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In the first years after independence in 1980, "kastom" (indigenous knowledge and practice) became a key marker in ni-Vanuata identity. It was almost entirely concerned wih men until 1991 when a  Read more...

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