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Dance -- Oceania (Pacific Islands)

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is dance in the Pacific Islands.


Six Superlative Sources

· Kaeppler, Adrienne L. 1983. Polynesian Dance, with a Selection for Contemporary Performances. Alpha Delta Kappa. Scholarly introductions and instructions for performing two Hawaiian hulas, three Tahitian aparima, one Cook Islands aparima, one Tongan tafi, and one Niuean dance.

· Kaeppler, Adrienne L. 1993. Hula Pahu: Hawaiian Drum Dances. Bishop Museum Press. Sacred Hawaiian dances.

· Kaeppler, Adrienne L. 1993. Poetry in Motion: Studies of Tongan Dance. Nuku'alofa: Vava'u Press, in association with the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program. Dance in Tonga.

· Kaeppler, Adrienne, and J. W. Love. 1998. Australia and the Pacific Islands. Garland Publishing. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, 9. The largest number of available pages on the most diverse array of Pacific dances.

· Moulin, Jane Freeman. 1979. The Dance of Tahiti. Pape'ete: Christian Gleizal / Les éditions du Pacifique. Dance in the Society Islands.

· Schieffelin, Edward L. 1976. The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers. St. Martin's Press. Dance of the Kaluli of Papua New Guinea.

Other Excellent Sources

· Ammann, Raymond. 1994. Les Danses Kanak: Une Introduction. Agence de Développement de la Culture Kanak. Dance in New Caledonia.

· Borsboom, Adrianus P. 1978. Maradjiri: A Modern Ritual Complex in Arnhem Land, North Australia. Katholieke Universiteit. Interrelationships of dance, music, and beliefs in an Australian aboriginal society.

· Flinn, Juliana. 1992. "Pulapese Dance: Asserting Identity and Tradition in Modern Contexts." Pacific Studies 15(4):57-66. The uses of dance in a West Micronesian society.

· Gell, Alfred. 1975. Metamorphosis of the Cassowaries: Umeda Society, Language and Ritual. Athlone Press. Expressive culture, especially danced myths, in the Mamose Region of Papua New Guinea.

· Grau, Andrée. 1992. "Danses rituelles Tiwi." Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles 5:205-216. Dance in an Australian aboriginal society.

· Morais, Megan Jones. 1992. "Documenting Dance: Benesh Movement Notation and the Walpiri of Central Australia." In Music and Dance of Aboriginal Australia and the South Pacific, ed. Alice Marshall Moyle, 130-144. Oceania Monograph 41. Oceania Publications. Dance in an Australian aboriginal society.

· Groves, Murray. 1954. "Dancing in Poreporena." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 84:75-90. Dance in the Papuan Region of Papua New Guinea.

· Jablonko, Allison. 1991. "Patterns of Daily Life in the Dance of the Maring of New Guinea." Visual Anthropology 4:367-377. Dance in the Highland Region of Papua New Guinea.

· Kaeppler, Adrienne L. 1991. "Me'etu'upaki and Tapaki: Paddle Dances of Tonga and Futuna, West Polynesia." Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 33:347-357.

· Williams, Francis Edgar. 1940. Drama of Orokolo: The Social and Ceremonial Life of the Elema. Clarendon Press. Dance in the Papuan Region of Papua New Guinea.

· Yayii, Phillip Lamasisi. 1983. "Some Aspects of Traditional Dance within the Malanggan Culture of North New Ireland." Bikmaus 4(3):33-48. Dance in the Island Region of Papua New Guinea.

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