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No Longer Captives of the Past

The Story of Reconciliation on Erromango

by (author) Carol Mayer, Anna Naupa & Vanessa Warri

Figure 1 Publishing
Initial publish date
Dec 2013
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    Dec 2013
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This bilingual book recounts the memories of a reconciliation ceremony held on Erromango, one of the South Pacific islands comprising the Republic of Vanuatu. The impetus for the ceremony was the murderin 1839 of English Presbyterian missionary John Williams and a colleague.The reconciliation ceremony originated with an act of generosity whereby Williams' descendants offered the missionary's South Pacific memorabilia to UBC's Museum of Anthropology. The museum's Pacific curator, Carol Mayer, not only accepted the items but initiated the reconciliation ceremony and resultant book. The book both describes and visualizes the event and related missionary activity with 105 compelling coloured illustrations. The result is a powerful firsthand and interpretive narrative able to be employed to good effect to remediate both comparable wrongs and everyday festering grievances.

About the authors

Carol E. Mayer is the head of the curatorial department at the Museum of Anthropology and an associate to UBC’s Department of Anthropology. Internationally known for her work as a museum curator, she has published widely on museum-related topics, curated more than 40 exhibitions and received numerous international awards and fellowships.

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