Wisdom of the Land is about the iTaukei culture and traditions, stories, legends, histories, cultural knowledge, and measures we can use to protect our culture, heritage and language. The book consists of research and creative and literary pieces encompassing a wide range of topics: from topics of ancient wars; to philosophical topics about silence(vakanomodi) and yalomatua (wisdom); from an insider ethnographical account of places to early accounts of teaching in a rural community; from accounts of migration and settlement of some islands in distant Lau to accounts of traditional justice system in central Fiji; from a detailed account of cannibalism to an account of the education and life of a church leader and former President of the Methodist Church in Fiji.
This book is a collection of papers presented on the School of Education Seminar Series of the University of the South Pacific. It is bricolage of discussions, conversations and debates. Discussions and Debates in pacific Education is designed to illuminate various educational issues that may often be overlooked in the Pacific Islands, such as art education, the importance of recess, the value of after-school programs for students. Attrition in higher education, and critical need for improved school libraries, to name a few. The book is divided into educational issues in K-12 schools and higher education and its environment. This book will be of interest to a variety of readers, including postgraduate students, teacher educators, and policy makers.
Nadi: Memories of a River is a unique composition of art of memory in prose and poetry. Satendra Nandan creates a vivid world of lyrical beauty and personal remembrances that shine like ripples in a river on a moonlit night. It's really about growing up in a village in Fiji after the Second World war: a childhood and youth remembered on the island of Viti Levu in the village of Votualevu next to Nadi international airport. On the banks of the Nadi two worlds meet in the river's flow - 'nadi' in Hindi means a river - Satendra weaves an extraordinary tapestry of Fijian life with deeply personal and warmly affectionate recollections of a vanished world of his girmit grandparents, family and nieghbours across the river in a koro. Faces in a Village was Satendra's first collection of poems printed in Fiji in 1976.
This book I a welcome contribution to the growing body of international literature on inclusive education. Featuring a diverse range of accomplished scholars from the Pacific region, the text illustrates how various communities develop educational practices to create inclusive experiences for children and youth. As such, this text holds a universal appeal for educators interested in creating and sustaining accessible classrooms for all. This book will prove very useful in the overall pursuit of social justice for those currently marginalized by the discursive dominance of neo-colonialism in the Pacific. This important book challenges these practices and instead develops analysis that attend to the significant contributions offered by Pasifika knowledge and communities of practice in shaping emancipatory local and global responses to inclusion.
This novel is an uncompromising family saga allowing two stories to breath with their own rhythms, dialects, characters, setting and style. Overarching questions pervade: Is she mad? What is the place the great-great-grandmother who was captain of a slaving ship? Can she claim the power or should she be ashamed, crouching under her own life's struggles? What of the romances and the plantation; the recurrences in her own life?
Korolevu is haunted again and again by their presence, symbols of something lasting and essential that will outlast all societies. The story is an illumination of the way we become eclipsed by nature, leaving only mythology-for now.p>
The book offers new conceptual tools and a framework that is strengths-based, practical, theoretically sound and illustrated with case studies. It is designed to support the kinds of culturally aware, capacity-focused work envisaged by the Practitioners' Handbook for Capacity Development: A Cross Cultural Approach (Rhodes and Antoine 2013).
A work of fiction that takes place in Fiji, Australia and India, Home after Dark is a personal story set against the backdrop of the first Fijian coup of 1987. As relationships crumble and individuals feel trapped and betrayed, more than a paradise is in turmoil.
This selection of papers presents a rich sample of Pasifika postgraduate research subjects and methodologies employed. The audience for this book is all those interested in developing deeper knowledge of the Pacific Islands and their Pasifika peoples, and specifically for Pasifika post-graduates in the social sciences to learn and gain confidence through a sharing technology (Access Grid) that has been designed to strengthen their research skills and their commonalities and reduce the isolation of being a group that is small in number and spread over various institutions.
The 75 page field guide provides photographs and information such as local names, uses, and distribution, of the twelve mangrove and six seagrass species. Identification of species is made easier by an easy-to-follow dichotomous key which assists users in correctly identifying species. The field guide is simple and designed for a wide range of audience – from conservationists to students, teachers and others including those with limited knowledge in science.
An Illustrated Guide to Dragonflies of Viti Levu, Fiji provides a detailed analysis of these fascinating insects, as well as a wonderful introduction to the techniques of identifying them in their natural state.