Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands
Dr. Irene Karongo Hundleby, Otago University
Friday, June 29, 2018, 13:00 – 14:30
Leeuwenborch C70, Wageningen University
Over the past 100 years, Solomon Islanders have experienced colonialism, the arrival of missionaries, government administrators and foreign businesses, alongside Independence, a coup and political conflict. Consequently, in Lau-Mbaelelea – historically known in Solomon Islands as a cultural stronghold region – all aspects of practices and belief systems have been transformed. Traditional ways of living have been dramatically altered through the adoption of araikwao (introduced) ways of being – for technological advancement and for convenience. Historically, creative practices and performing arts have had a significant role in cultural education. With the decline in local practices, elders advocate for a return to traditional methods of teaching.
This seminar will discuss holistic indigenous concepts embedded within North Malaitan music and the collective efforts taken to revive Lau-Mbaelelea arts and cultures. Does a focus on conserving local culture and kastom have further implications for community social health and sea/land environments?