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Author Bolton, Lissant, 1954-

Title Unfolding the moon : enacting women's kastom in Vanuatu / Lissant Bolton
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 232 pages) : illustrations, map
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
Summary "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: women were effectively excluded from participating in arts festivals, cultural programs, and other new national events. Then in 1991 the Vanuatu Cultural Centre initiated a project that focused on women's knowledge and skill in producing plaited pandanus textiles (mats) on the island of Ambae in north Vanuatu
This acknowledgment that "women have kastom too," widely welcomed by rural ni-Vanuatu, was an important step in establishing women's kastom."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-222) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Textile fabrics -- Vanuatu.
Women in development -- Vanuatu.
Women -- Vanuatu -- Social conditions.
Vanuatu -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002009059
ISBN 058546409X (electronic bk.)
0824865405 (electronic bk.)
9780585464091 (electronic bk.)
9780824865405 (electronic bk.)