My current research is focused on several projects:
1) development of a book on Vaekehu, high ranking Marquesan woman (c. 1823-1901) and her family.
2) development of book on historical drawings from the Marquesas (with Marie-Noelle Ottino-Garanger).
3) continued research on and attendance at the Marquesan Festivals of Art. The next one will take place in December 2015 on the island of Hiva Oa.
4) continued research on history of tapa and on contemporary arts in the Marquesas.
5) continued interest in and reseach on indigenous Taiwanese art and Polynesian art.
I am currently curating an exhibition on Marquesan art and culture for the musée du quai Branly, Paris (scheduled October 2015)
I am fortunate to be able to travel to the Marquesas at least once a year to lecture on board the Aranui, a mixed freighter/cargo ship that goes between Tahiti and the Marquesas every three weeks. I hope to go again on the Aranui in 2014.
I would like to acknowledge the granting agencies that have supported my work at various times (American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, Washington State Arts Commission, Washington State University, and University of Washington). I would also like to especially recognize the on-going support of CPTM, the owners of the Aranui.
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