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Hinemihi o te Tawhito dans le Surrey : conserver un bien culturel en exil (partie 2)

« […] Yes, I am there to welcome you … we lament the dead
I wait for the whaikorero to start,
Yes, you acknowledge me, and I you
I wait for the tamariki, they on my paepae
Yes, I cry, for they fill me with pride and hope
I wait for the rhythm of the kapahaka…
Yes, I can dance along … I know your songs
I wait for the smell of the kei to emerge from the ground,
Yes, I will eat with you and you with me
We feed a need to perpetuate the past and the present
And in doing so we bring forth Rongomatane and Papatuanuku
So who invited Tu ? »
So who invited tu ?, Rosanna Raymonds

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Hinemihi o te Tawhito dans le Surrey : conserver un bien culturel en exil (partie 1)

« I am the house
Feeling the cold… my korowai taken from me
and I shudder in the grip of this sharp wind
Were you not stoking the fires
Keeping me warm
I was holding fort
You holding forth
Is the past too harder a task…I ask
And I wait as I do… …as I have… …as I will
As you come in your hundreds, thousands
Year after year we have shared the air
Embraced by the uri of Nga Hau e wha
I wait for the karanga to take you to the sky […] »
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Histoire d’une découverte : Le siège de prestige des îles Australes collecté en 1822 par George Bennet

        Le 13 août 1769, au cours de son premier voyage dans le Pacifique, le Capitaine Cook découvrit l’Île de Rurutu (qu’il connaissait sous le nom d’Oheteroa), située au sud de Tahiti, aux latitudes 22°25’S ; 151°20’W. Un canot de l’Endeavour approcha du rivage mais le récif et les courants l’empêchèrent d’accoster. Cook ne pouvait imaginer que cette petite île, simple tache dans l’immensité de l’océan Pacifique, deviendrait un des locus classicus de l’art Océanien – l’île d’origine de la célèbre statue A’a aujourd’hui exposée au British Museum, mais aussi du magnifique siège cheffal (no’oanga) présenté ici. Read More

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La sculpture de Mangareva : entre vestiges ethnographiques et témoins de la missionnarisation

      Cette semaine, à la loupe du CASOAR, la sculpture d’un archipel entre Tahiti au nord-ouest, les îles Marquises au nord-est, Rapa Nui à l’est et Pitcairn au sud-est, les îles Gambier et son île principale Mangareva. Issues de cette dernière, sont conservées huit figures anthropomorphes (une représentant Tu, six Rongo et une Rao), deux bâtons fourchus appelés eketea et deux supports d’offrandes.  Read More

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Tearing away coloniality: a "way of seeing" in between

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''I am not a fa'afafine, I am not gay, I am not transgender, I am just a human being and I am here to rock''.1

        Tuisina Ymania Brown's words at a panel entitled ''Fa'afafine Towards Decolonization''. She refers to the Western desire to categorize human beings and identities. Against this Western desire to classify and categorize, CASOAR will talk about a photographic series made by the artist Yuki Kihara. This series Fa’afafine. In the Manner of Women including three self-portraits was created in collaboration with the photographer Sean Coyle. But who is Yuki Kihara? Read More

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The Other Side of Mountains

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This article has first been written for the catalogue of the third edition of the Bourgogne Tribal Show, 2017

     It was in 1926 that a young 24-year-old Australian arrived in Papua New Guinea for the first time. Like many others, he was attracted by the easy gold of Edie Creek mine. Far from being an El Dorado, the island was a burden for the Australian administration of the 1920s which had just acquired these German lands as a result of the Versailles Treaty. The hot and humid climate of New Guinea and the supposed poverty of its soil dissuaded the government from investing in this new mandated territory, whose only wealth seemed to have been its population who had become cheap labour for planters and colonial miners. Read More

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Du fusil à la caméra : la photographie en contexte colonial

        Cette semaine, CASOAR s’intéresse au statut de la photographie en contexte colonial. Il s’agit de comprendre toutes les implications que recouvrent le fait de réaliser des images des territoires et des populations colonisés. Pour questionner les liens entre contexte colonial et photographie, nous nous pencherons sur le cas de la Nouvelle-Guinée. Read More

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Captain Cook, Pacific Ocean's crook

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     Myth: “a widely held story; a misconception; a misrepresentation of the truth; an exaggerated or idealized conception”.1 The specific myth which we are going to consider is the colonial myth of the “discovery” of the Pacific Ocean – Australia and New Zealand being the centre of our study. Read More

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The Treasure Room: A Reflection of the Primitivist Tendencies at the Trocadéro

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Treasure: noun from Latin thesaurusand greek thêsauros.
A cache of precious objects stored, often hidden, forgotten, then fortuitously invented: discover a treasure.
Goods, products, or objects considered as riches held or produced: the ocean treasures.
A name given to some major works or some major collections: treasures of the French language.
Archeology. In large Greek sanctuaries, a small edifice dedicated by a city or a tyrant and which housed offerings, votive plaques: the treasure of Athenians in Delphi.
History and decorative arts. Place where the archives or the precious objects of aseigniory, of a community, were kept and where those of a church are still kept; these precious objects themselves. Read More