THIS BOOK IS THE PRODUCT of more than ten years of research and a devel-
oping collaboration with colleagues in Vanuatu and Aotearoa New Zealand, the United
Kingdom, and the United States. During my doctoral fieldwork (2000–2001) in Vanuatu,
I was supported by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council. My research
was supported by the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta, then under the leadership of Ralph
Regenvanu. My PhD supervisors, Susanne Küchler and Chris Tilley, and my examiners,
Lissant Bolton and Eric Hirsch, provided guidance and invaluable intellectual critique. In
2003, 2006, and 2009 I returned to Vanuatu, with support provided by a British Academy
Small Research Grant (38582), the Getty Grant Project at the Cambridge Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Pacific Alternatives: Cultural Heritage and
Political Innovation in Oceania Project (funded by the Research Council of Norway,
Grant 185646), respectively. During this time, my work was greatly enriched by my lengthy
collaboration with, and mentorship from, Anita Herle at the Cambridge Museum.
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