New Pasefika books – coming soon

Our selectors have been busy – here are some ‘coming soon’ titles on Pasefika history and art:

Syndetics book coverWorlds apart : a history of the Pacific Islands.
“Journalists, travellers, business people and the general public have few paths to access specialised knowledge about the complex and changing ‘neighbourhood’ to New Zealand’s north and Australia’s northeast. Ian Campbell’s History of the Pacific Islands, first published in 1989, served this purpose for many years, and its successor, Worlds Apart, has proven to be equally serviceable, bringing into focus the past and present of this diverse and endlessly misunderstood region. This concise and readable narrative has now been revised to bring the story of the island world – from its first settlement by raft and canoe voyagers, through the period of western contact and acculturation – up to 2010. As with its earlier versions, this book has been written not for fellow academics, but for the many people who want to know ‘what happened’.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverPasefika : the festival of Pacific arts.
“Every four years since 1972, the Pacific Islands’ best dancers and cultural practitioners gather to perform. The Festival of Pacific Arts, as this amazing event is known, is a celebration unlike any other held in Oceania. The Festival is a two-week showcase of the finest dancers, singers, carvers and other cultural masters from across the Pacific. This book, the first published about the Festival of Pacific Arts, tells the story of the 10th Festival that was held in American Samoa in mid-2008. More than 2,000 cultural practitioners traveled to Tutuila Island for the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts. Hundreds of visitors from around the world, plus thousands of resident Samoans, gathered on the shores of Pago Pago Harbor to watch performance after performance. This book is the story of that special gathering of the best of the Pacific Islands.” (

Syndetics book coverPacific art in detail / Jenny Newell.
“Pacific Art in Detail introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures, allowing behind-the-scenes insight into this vibrant work that no conventional gallery tour affords. Carefully selected pieces from the world-renowned Oceanic collection at the British Museum—by artists employing a wide variety of materials and techniques—illustrate such major themes as the role of artistic creation in land and ocean management, political and spiritual power, and connections to gods and ancestors.” (