No Longer Captives of the Past
The Story of Reconciliation on Erromango
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Dec 27, 2013
8.97 x 10.98 x 0.75 in
Figure 1 Publishing
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.