Treasured Possessions Indigenous Interventions into Cultural and Intellectual Property
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Description: What happens when ritual practitioners from a small Pacific nation make an intellectual property claim to bungee jumping? When a German company successfully sues to defend its trademark of a Māori name? Or when UNESCO deems ephemeral sand drawings to be "Intangible Cultural Heritage"? InTreasured Possessions, Haidy Geismar examines how global forms of cultural and intellectual property are being redefined by everyday people and policymakers in two markedly different Pacific nations. The New Hebrides, a small archipelago in Melanesia managed jointly by Britain and France until 1980, is now the independent nation state of Vanuatu, with a population that is more than 95% indigenous. New Zealand, by contrast, is a settler-state and former British colony that engages with its entangled Polynesian and British heritage through an ethos of "biculturalism" that is meant to involve an indigenous population of just 15%. Alternative notions of property, resources, and heritage—informed by distinct national histories—are emerging in both countries. These property claims are advanced in national and international settings, but they emanate from specific communities and cultural landscapes, and they are grounded in an awareness of ancestral power and inheritance. They reveal intellectual and cultural property to be not only legal constructs but also a powerful means of asserting indigenous identities and sovereignties.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Culture, Property, Indigeneity|
|Mapping the Terrain|
|Indigeneity and Law in the Pacific|
|Copyright in Context: Carvings, Carvers, and Commodities in Vanuatu|
|Trademarking Maori: Aesthetics and Appropriation in Aotearoa New Zealand|
|Pacific Museology and Indigenous Property Theory|
|Treasured Commodities: Taonga at Auction|
|Pig Banks: Imagining the Economy in Vanuatu|