Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Editor's Note

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pp. vii-viii

The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu is a most welcome addition to anthropological studies of the Pacific. It explores the social, spatial, and historical consciousness of the Sia Raga people of north Pentecost, Vanuatu. Jack Taylor offers us the first major ethnography of this important region of Vanuatu, home to the late independence advocate Father Walter Lini and his brother, now Prime Minister...

Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiiii-xiv

I am first indebted to my family at Avatvotu and Lolbubulusi, especially Ruben Todali (Vira Livlivu), Eileen Mutona, and their children. The knowledge that Jif Ruben has so generously shared with me is a gift for which I am truly humbled. I offer my sincerest thanks to Kolombas Todali, for the privilege of his enduring friendship, support, and trust. I am particularly...

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Prologue: Ways of the Place

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pp. 1-13

On a sunny afternoon, in the shade of a canopy of corrugated iron, beside a smoking fireplace on which green bananas were slowly roasting, my tama (“father”) and ratahigi (chief) Ruben Todali talked to me about the history of Pentecost Island (figure 1, map 1). He told me that in the past, many centuries before the arrival of tuturani like myself (whites, foreigners),1 the people of north Pentecost could not speak. They...

Part One. Intimate Histories

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Chapter 1. Locating the Anthropologist, Defining the Field

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pp. 17-37

Where there is anthropology, there is always the presence of an anthropologist: the anthropologist defines his or her “field” by in some way inhabiting it. Yet the definition of anthropological field sites and the knowledge and practice pursued therein is rarely, if ever, the sole choice of a lone anthropologist. Why, then, has the theme of the anthropologist...

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Chapter 2. The Story of Jimmy

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pp. 38-72

The past envelops the lives of Raga speakers, and like the grand tusks that are grown on boars it is shaped into a spiraling future. From everyday gossip to the telling of epic stories, such as those relating the deeds of ancestors or the adventures of culture heroes, the practice of telling historical narratives pervades daily life on north Pentecost. This...

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Chapter 3. The Ways of the Land-Tree: Sia Raga Cosmography

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pp. 73-101

Within the hegemonic, “rational,” and totalizing histories of academic discourse are constant reminders of a disenchanted world (Chakrabarty 2000, 73). The time of such histories appears continuous, empty, and homogeneous (Benjamin 1968, 261). It acts like a bottomless sack that is capable of holding any number of events. Such histories may depict worlds of thought in which humans are not the only agents; but...

Part Two. Intimations of Structure

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Chapter 4. Fluid Technologies: Paths of Relationship, Spirals of Exchange

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pp. 105-134

The Sia Raga orient themselves as persons through reference to a corpus of relational categories that, like the mazy lines of a sand drawing, intersect and link with each other to provide an intricate mesh of social identity. These categories are regulated and maintained by a range of more or less formalized practices and social conventions—of marriage, nurture,...

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Chapter 5. Shifting Habitats and Dynamics of Space: Gender and the Sacred in Sia Raga Social Practice

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pp. 135-170

For ni-Vanuatu the landscape is not considered a stable entity, as Lissant Bolton has observed. Rather, “in a volcanic zone where islands rise and fall under the ocean, and where hurricanes, earthquakes, and even volcanic eruptions frequently modify the landscape in small ways, places are understood to move” (Bolton 1999b, 44). In the great monuments of ancient culture heroes, or the subtle contours left by...

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Chapter 6. Sia Raga Architectonics: Knowledge and Agency of Houses

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pp. 171-188

If houses are “animated,” as many have suggested, on north Pentecost they are compulsive talkers, always locked in conversation—with the habitat in which they are built, with their occupants, with each other, within themselves. The main concern of their talk—history articulated through biological idiom—is shared throughout the Southeast Asian...

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Epilogue: And Still They Go to the Moon

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pp. 189-195

For the Sia Raga, trees provide a dynamic image for understanding the movement and shape of being and place. The narrative qualities of trees are further manifested in the profound social and cosmological knowledge that adheres to the architectonics of houses. Trees and houses embody solid qualities of autochthony and foundation, but also the fluidity of growth and trajectory. Knowledge of the shaping of trees, involving...

Notes

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pp. 197-205

Glossary

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pp. 207-211

References

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pp. 213-227

Index

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pp. 229-239