Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

The children of indigenous women and US servicemen, World War II

Edited by Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla

Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific traces the intimate relationships that existed in the wartime Pacific between US servicemen and indigenous women, and considers the fate of the resulting children.

The writers interviewed many of the children of the Americans and some of the few surviving mothers, as well as others who recalled the wartime presence in their islands. Oral histories reveal what the records of colonial governments and the military largely have ignored, providing a perspective on the effects of the US occupation that until now has been disregarded by historians of the Pacific war.

Artefacts of Encounter

Cook's voyages, colonial collecting and museum histories

Edited by Nicholas Thomas, Julie Adams, Billie Lythberg, Maia Nuku, Amiria Salmond
Photographs by Gwil Owen

The Pacific artefacts and works of art collected during the three voyages of Captain James Cook and the navigators, traders and missionaries who followed him are of foundational importance for the study of art and culture in Oceania.

Recently, scholars from the Pacific and further afield, working with Pacific artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge (MAA), have set out to challenge and rethink some longstanding assumptions on their significance.

The Cook voyage collection at the MAA is among the four or five most important in the world, containing over 200 of the 2,000-odd objects with Cook-voyage provenance that are dispersed throughout the world. The collection includes some 100 artefacts dating from Cook's first voyage.

This book catalogues this collection and its scholarship sheds new light on the significance of many artefacts of encounter.

For further information: Otago University Press

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