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Tides of Innovation in Oceania


Our greatest thanks are due to the women and men of the Pacific for welcoming us, sharing their time, knowledge and food and entering in a long-lasting dialogue which continues across the ocean, of which this volume is just one outcome. We are also thankful to the two anonymous reviewers for their constructive advice and for stimulating us to make more explicit the interconnections among the different dimensions explored by the essays gathered in the book. We trust that all those who have helped us throughout these years know of our continuing gratitude.

We have been inspired to edit this work following the organisation of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) Conference in Verona, for which we received generous support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. We also thank the Università di Verona for supporting the conference and this work. We are grateful to the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) for permission to reproduce photographs from its archives and to Michelle Antoinette for the compilation, reproduction and permissions for the photographs in Margaret Jolly’s chapter. Finally, we wish to thank Carolyn Brewer for the editorial efforts she applied to preparing our manuscript for publication.

Elisabetta Gnecchi-Ruscone and Anna Paini

August 2016

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