A Bibliography of Literature about Anuta

For those interested in learning still more about Anuta, consider taking a look at some of the texts listed below.

Those interested in Polynesian outliers more generally might also consult this bibliography (of significant works published up through 2005): Polynesian Outlier Bibliography.

Blake, N. M., B. R. Hawkins, R. L. Kirk, R. Bhatia, P. Brown, R.M. Garruto and D. C. Gajdusek

1983 “A Population Genetic Study of the Banks and Torres Islands (Vanuatu) and of the Santa Cruz Islands and Polynesian Outliers (Solomon Islands).” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 62:343-361.

Feinberg, Richard

1973 “Anutan Social Structure.” In Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands. D. E. Yen and Janet Gordon, eds. Pacific Anthropological Records, Number 21:9-21.

1976 “Archaeology, Oral History, and Sequence of Occupation on Anuta Island.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 85(1):99-101.

1977 The Anutan Language Reconsidered: Lexicon and Grammar of a Polynesian Outlier. Two Volumes. HRAFlex Books. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press.

1978 “Rank and Authority on Anuta Island.” In Adaptation and Symbolism: Essays on Social Organization. Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo and S. Lee Seaton, eds. Honolulu: University Press of Hawai‘i. Pp. 1-32.

1978 “Anutan Epistemology: The Roots of ‘Knowledge’ on a Polynesian Outlier.” Micronesica 14(2):127-137.

1979 Anutan Concepts of Disease: A Polynesian Study, with foreword by D. Carleton Gajdusek, M.D. IPS Monograph Number 3. Lā’ie, Hawai‘i: Institute for Polynesian Studies.

1979 “Kindred and Alliance on Anuta Island.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 88(3):327-348.

1980 “Supernatural Sanctions and the Social Order on a Polynesian Outlier.” Anthropological Forum 4(3):331-351.

1981 Anuta: Social Structure of a Polynesian Island, with foreword by Sir Raymond Firth. Lā’ie and Copenhagen: Institute for Polynesian Studies in co-operation with the National Museum of Denmark. Second Printing, 1983.

1981 “The Meaning of ‘Sibling’ on Anuta Island.” In Siblingship in Oceania: Studies in the Meaning of Kin Relations, edited by Mac Marshall. ASAO Monograph Number 8. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Pp. 105-148.

1982 “Some Observations on a Polynesian Naming System: Personal Names and Naming on Anuta.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 91(4):581-588.

1982 “Structural Dimensions of Sociopolitical Change on Anuta.” Proceedings of Conference on Evolving Political Cultures in the Pacific Islands, edited by Gloria Cronin. Lā‘ie: Institute for Polynesian Studies (124-142). Reprinted from Pacific Studies 5(2).

1983 “Melanesian Winds in Polynesian Sails.” Pacific Magazine (May-June 1983):25-27.

1983 “Polynesian Music in the Old Style.” Resound: A Quarterly of the Archives of Traditional Music 2(2):2.

1983 “What’s in a Name? Personal Identity and Naming on Anuta.” Central Issues in Anthropology 5(1):27-42.

1986 “The ‘Anuta Problem’: Local Sovereignty and National Integration in the Solomon Islands.” Man 21(3):438-452.

1988 Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation: Ocean Travel in Anutan Culture and Society. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press.

1988 “Socio-spatial Symbolism and the Logic of Rank on Two Polynesian Outliers.” Ethnology 27(3):291-310.

1989 “What’s so Funny about That? Fieldwork and Laughter in Polynesia.” In The Humbled Anthropologist: Tales from the Pacific, edited by Philip DeVita. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company. Pp. 53-60.

1989 “Possible Prehistoric Contacts between Tonga and Anuta.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 98(3):303-317.

1990 “New Guinea Models on a Polynesian Outlier?” Ethnology 29(1):83-96.

1991 “A Long-distance Voyage in Contemporary Polynesia.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 100(1):25-44.

1991 “Anuta.” In Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Volume II: Oceania. Terence E. Hays, volume editor. Boston: G. K. Hall. Pp. 13-16.

1995 “Christian Polynesians and Pagan Spirits: Anuta, Solomon Islands.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 104(3):267-301.

1996 “Sanctity and Power on Anuta: Polynesian Chieftainship Revisited.” In Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific: Essays in Honor of Sir Raymond Firth, edited by Richard Feinberg and Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo. London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology, Number 66. London: Athlone. Pp. 56-92.

1996 “Spirit Encounters on Anuta, Solomon Islands.” In Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind, edited by Jeanette Marie Mageo and Alan Howard. New York and London: Routledge. Pp. 99-120.

1996 “Outer Islanders and Urban Resettlement in the Solomon Islands: The Case of Anutans on Guadalcanal.” Journal de la Société des Océanistes 103(2):207-217.

1998 “Righting Wrongs on Anuta.” Pacific Studies 21(3):29-49.

1998 “Anuta.” In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Australia and the Pacific Islands, edited by Adrienne Kaeppler and Jacob W. Love. New York: Garland. Pp. 856-861.

1998 Oral Traditions of Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands. Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, Volume 15. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2001 “The Anuta Islanders.” In Endangered Peoples of Oceania, edited by Judith M. Fitzpatrick. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Pp. 17-32.

2002 “Elements of Leadership in Oceania.” Anthropological Forum 12(1):9-44.

2002 “A Polynesian People’s Struggle to Maintain Community in the Solomon Islands.” In Constructing Moral Communities: Pacific Islander Strategies for Settling in New Places, edited by Judith Modell. Special issue, Pacific Studies 25(1/2):45-70.

2003 “Storm damage and reconstruction on Anuta and Tikopia (Solomon Islands).” Keel Haulers Kanews. February. Pp. 2-3.

2003 Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation: Ocean Travel in Anutan Culture and Society. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. Second (paperback) edition.

2004 Anuta: Polynesian Lifeways for the 21st Century. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

2006 “The changing role of music in a Polynesian Outlier Community: Anuta, Solomon Islands.” Anthroglobe Journal.

2006 “The meaning of aropa.” Aropa: Newsletter of the Kent State Anthro. Student Organization 1:1.

2006 “Early European-Polynesian Contact Reenacted: Anutan “Handling” of a Foreign Fishing Vessel.” American Ethnologist 33, 114-125.

2008 “Anuta.” World Culture Encyclopedia.

2008 “Polynesian representations of geographical and cosmological space: Anuta, Solomon Islands.” In Canoes of the Grand Ocean, edited by Anne Di Piazza and Erik Pearthree. Oxford: British Archaeological Research (BAR) Archaeopress. Pp. 69-84.

2010 “Sister Lilian: Autobiography of Sister Lilian Takua Maeva of Anuta, Solomon Islands, the Community of the Sisters of the Church, and the Church of Melanesia.” Recorded, introduced and edited by Richard Feinberg. Project Canterbury, Online Archive of the Church of England.

2011 “Do Anutans Empathize? Morality, Compassion, and Opacity of Other Minds.” In The Anthropology of Empathy: Experiencing the Lives of others in Pacific Societies, edited by Douglas W. Hollan and C. Jason Throop. ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology, Volume 1. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Press. Pp. 151-167.

2011 Oral Traditions of Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands (electronic reissue of 1998 print edition). Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, Volume 15. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011 Anuta: Polynesian Lifeways for the 21st Century (reissue of 2004 Waveland edition). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

2013. “Back to Anuta” (originally from the Kent State University Department of Anthropology website).

2014 “Anthropology and the Study of Navigation.” Presentation to “Lost & Found” Science Symposium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Harvard University. November 14.

2018 “The Future of a Polynesian Chiefdom in a Globalising World: Anuta, Solomon Islands.” In Change and Continuity in the Pacific: Revisiting the Region, edited by J. Connell and H. Lee. Lon­don and New York: Routledge. Pp. 136-150.

Feinberg, Richard, Ute J. Dymon, Pu Paiaki, Pu Rangituteki, Pu Nukuriaki, and M. Rollins

2003 “‘Drawing the Coral Heads’: Mental Mapping and its Physical Representation in a Polynesian community.” The Cartographic Journal 40(3):243-253. (Also in The People, Place, and Space Reader, edited by J. J. Gieseking, W. Mangold, C. Katz, S. Low, and S. Saegert. New York and London: Routledge.)

Firth, Sir Raymond

1954 “Anuta and Tikopia: Symbiotic Elements in Social Organization.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 63(2):87-131.

Kirch, Patrick V.

1982 “A Revision of the Anuta sequence.” Journal of the Polynesian Society 91(2):245-254.

Steadman, D. D. S. Pahlavan, and Patrick V. Kirch

1990 “Extinction, Biogeography, and Human Exploitation of Birds on Anuta and Tikopia, Solomon Islands.” Occasional Papers of the Bishop Museum 30:118-153.

Yen, Douglas E. and Janet Gordon, eds.

1973 Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands. Pacific Anthropological Records, No. 21. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.