Chiefs' Country : Leadership and Politics in Honiara, Soloman Islands.

Kwa'ioloa, Michael.
2nd ed.
Saint Lucia : University of Queensland Press, 2013.
Pacific Studies series
Pacific Studies series
1 online resource (289 pages)
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In this autobiographical account of life in the capital of the Solomon Islands, Michael Kwa'ioloa reflects on the challenges of raising a family in town and sustaining ties with a distant rural homeland on Malaita island. Continuing the long tradition of Kwara'ae community leaders participating in political activism, he discusses how the roles of these leaders were severely tested by the violent conflict between Malaitans and the indigenous Guadalcanal people at the turn of the century. Kwa'ioloa provides a local perspective on the causes and course of this unhappy episode in his country's history and describes a need for a way of life founded upon ancestral values, giving chiefs a role in the governance of Solomon Islands.
Front Cover
About the Authors
Other UQ ePress books
Title page
List of illustrations
Maps: Melanesia, Solomon Islands, Malaita and Guadalcanal.
Kwa'ioloa presenting a ten-string money to Ben Burt, 2004.
Samuel Alasa'a, Kwa'ioloa's father, 1979.
Anofiu, where Alasa'a spent his last years, 1991.
Michael Kwa'ioloa at the Museum of Mankind, 1997.
Chiefs gathered at Kwasibu to discuss the Land book, 1991.
A research meeting for Our Forest of Kwara'ae, 1993.
Kwa'ioloa addressing the British Museum conference, 2006.
Honiara Central Market, 2008.
Kwa'ioloa and Fanenalua at their house, 1999.
Malaitan houses and gardens at Gilbert Camp, 2004.
Some of Kwa'ioloa's sons.
Kwa'ioloa's youngest son Ben Burtte'e, 1999.
Watching television in Kwa'ioloa's house, 2004.
Kwa'ioloa's sons appearing in the Solomon Star, 2005.
Visiting relatives displaying ten-string moneys, 1999.
Bizel Fanenalua, 2004.
Michael Kwa'ioloa discussing a brideprice, 1999.
Michael Kwa'ioloa with his grandson, 1999.
A Kwara'ae girl dressed for her wedding.
A Langalanga brideprice presentation, 2000s.
A family from Langalanga making shell-money.
A wedding photo of Kwa'ioloa's daughter, 2009.
A vele sorcerer's kit.
Thompson Atoa, 1987
An East Kwara'ae landscape, 1984.
Maps: Kwara'ae clan lands.
Chart: Genealogies of Latea and Fairu.
Rocky Tisa with his cattle, 1991.
Paul Daokalia, Alex Rukia, Frank Ete, Rocky Tisa.
Silas Sangafanoa, paramount chief, 1987.
Kwara'ae chiefs at the launch of Land in Kwara'ae, 1994.
A view from Mount Austen, 1999.
Houses in Kobito Two on the outskirts of Honiara, 1991.
Scenes from the reconciliation ceremony, 23 May 1999.
Maps: Honiara and Guadalcanal.
The MEF 'joint operation', June 2000.
Members of the MEF at Kakabona, July 2000.
The MEF bunker at Alligator Creek, October 2000.
Militants celebrating the Townsville Peace Agreement, 2000.
Kwa'ioloa with MEF militants, 2000.
Kwa'ioloa at a RAMSI vehicle check.
The Solomon Islands National Parliament, 2008.
Introduction by Ben Burt
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapters 8 to 10
Chapter 11
Writing Kwa'ioloa's story
Chapter 1: My father's legacy
Chapter 2: Researching our traditional culture
Chapter 3: Making a living in town
Chapter 4: Marriages and brideprice
Chapter 5: Dealing with sorcery
Chapter 6: Our claims to ancestral lands
Chapter 7: Working with chiefs and politicians
Chapter 8: Trouble on Guadalcanal
Chapter 9: Malaita fights back
Chapter 10: Ending the conflict
Chapter 11: Leadership and politics, tradition and development
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Burt, Ben.
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Print version: Kwa'ioloa, Michael Chiefs' Country
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