“Lialia? 'Madness', Indigenous Fijians and the Erasure of Historical Memory in Colonial Fiji”, presented by Dr Jacqueline Leckie.
Dr Leckie is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research is on the anthropology and history of Asia-Pacific, especially mental health, migration, gender, heritage, ethnicity, and labour. Jacqui is currently writing a history of USP for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018. Her seminar this week will discuss the way the terms 'madness' and 'erasure' are suggestive of how the label of craziness (lialia) could marginalize and silence Fijians with aberrant and dissident actions and thought from historical memory. The most extreme silencing and erasure of insanity from the community was when Fijians were committed to Fiji's lunatic asylum. Originally founded in 1884 as the Public Lunatic Asylum and functioning today as St Giles Psychiatric Hospital is one of the Pacific's longest functioning hospitals. Mental illness within Fijian communities has received little attention but her research has revealed some of the mental suffering behind admissions to St Giles between 1884-1964. This seminar will discuss questions about the silencing of people deemed insane in a cross-cultural context and in the context of Fiji's colonial past. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Refreshments will be available and friends will be able to tour the exhibition following the talk. Please join us, it should be a great evening.
Please note this is not a public event but invite only for Friends of the Fiji Museum and the Pacific Heritage Hub. You will be able to re-join on the night if your membership has expired. If you know others who would be interested in joining our growing community please forward on to them. ... See MoreSee Less
Swimming pool at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base, Laucala Bay, 1960s. The pool still remains while the area is now occupied by the University of the South Pacific. The white building in the background was the RNZAF hanger, now USP Lower Campus. The two buildings directly behind the pool are the old grandstand at Buckhurst Park, now ANZ Stadium.
From the collections of Tim Barns-Graham, a former officer with the RNZAF stationed at Laucala Bay. ... See MoreSee Less
Abel Caine FijiBula to the amazing Fiji Museum Team, would it possible to plot these points on open-source or Google Maps so hikers can visit? Small, potential opportunity for hiker/tourism revenue.
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Fiji MuseumBula vinaka Abel Caine Fiji. Thank you for valid point raised. The Fiji Museum Archaeology Team uses GPS and google earth to map sites. However, putting these on open-source would require consent from the traditional site custodians. Access to sites would require their consent as well. An area we are working on at present is advisory given to site custodians/owners on touristic opportunities (as you had alluded to above) but at the same time maintain a balanced and vanua-based approach in all these. Vinaka.
Oni RosovaThere is a village in Buca called Dakuniba. I remember visiting that place in 97 while I was in Nawi for teaching practice and the villagers showed me some rocks with 'unknown' writings on them. If I recall correctly, the villagers said that no one knew what the inscirptions said or what language it was written in. I found that fascinating. I wonder if archaeologists have gone to visit this site.
President of Fiji launches kamunaga exhibition at the Fiji Mus... In the lead up to the "Kamunaga Education Program" earmarked for 9th September 2017, the Fiji Museum takes you back to the opening speech by His Excellency the President of Fiji Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote at the opening of the "Kamunaga:Story of the Tabua" Exhibition. The video was put together by the Department of Information (Fiji) with an accompaniment special kamunaga chant composed for the occasion by Mr. Simione Sevudredre and the Dulali Musical Group. VINAKA. ... See MoreSee Less