Latest book by Rod Ewins
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The most recent book on the material culture of Fiji,Traditional Fijian Artefacts, was published in July 2014 by Just Pacific in association with
the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, and the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston.
It was produced in a small run and anyone wishing to buy a copy is advised to purchase now, to avoid disappointment.
Those within Fiji are best advised to obtain the book from Suva. It is carried by The Methodist Bookstore (next to the Cathedral), The Fiji Museum Shop, or The USP Book Centre. I suggest you ring and enquire about retail pricing, because although the books are wholesaled to them at the same price, their markups vary.
Overseas buyers and ALL retailers should contact Just Pacific direct. A quote will be sent including postage from either Australia or Fiji, whichever is cheaper for the buyer.
Australian buyers may order from either of the following Museum Shops at a price of A$36.95 + p&p (Total approx. A$52)
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, GPO Box 1164, Hobart TAS 7001, Attention: Bookshop, <Matthew.Spencer@tmag.tas.gov.au> Ph (03) 6211 4201
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, PO Box 403, LauncestonTAS 7250 , Attention: Bookshop, <Christine.Gleeson@qvmag.tas.gov.au> (03) 6323 3777
If ANYONE experiences any difficulties with supply, please contact Just Pacific.
ISBN : 978-0-646-91698-9
The book is in paperback, viii + 212 pages, and measures 21 x 26 cm
llustrations include 2 cover photos and 370 illustrations, most in colour, including maps and original drawings. Very large bibliography and index.
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The following are a few typical facing-page spreads from the book
Back cover note:
Art has always been integral to the culture of the indigenous people of Fiji. Its quality was quickly recognised by the first Westerners to visit, who collected it avidly, and a quantity of material found its way to Tasmania. It came via seamen for whom the busy port of Hobart was a transit stop or a home port; from Wesleyan missionaries headquartered there for a time and then continued to support the Mission in Fiji; and from collectors who have either donated or sold their collections to public museums since the early 19th Century. This book brings together objects from all of these sources, illustrating them and providing contextual information in words and pictures of their physical qualities and historical social importance. Many have never been published previously. 01 primary importance are the collections of Tasmania's two principal museums, which have actively collaborated in and contributed to this book, Those items are supplemented with material from other smaller collections, including the author's own.
Rod Ewins was born and raised in Fiji as a fourth-generation member of an early settler family. Educated in Fiji, Australia and England, his formal qualifications are in art, education and sociology/anthropology. His professional career has been as a practising artist and art educator, primarily at the University of Tasmania. With extensive fieldwork throughout Fiji, he has published many papers and book chapters, and several books, on traditional art and society.
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