Oceanic arts and cultures online

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Oceanic art, artists and culture; the arts of the Pacific Islands
Art museums in Oceania; Polynesian art and crafts: a guide to websites

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand.
Pictures, photographs of the Pacific Islands. Maori, Polynesian art and culture.

Archaeology. Polynesian archaeology.Art Pacific
Tribal art from the Pacific.Tribal artefacts and folk art from Melanesia, Indonesia, New Guinea.

Auckland Museum. Te Kakano
Te Kakano is the name of the Pacific People Information Centre located in the west wing of the Maori Gallery. Te Kakano provides visitors with electronic access to information regarding the Museum’s extensive Maori and Pacific collections. It seeks to strengthen the link between Maori and Pacific people and their cultural heritage.

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British Museum Pacific Collection, London.

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Contemporary art *

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Tautai supports the development of contemporary pacific art through actively fostering and maintaining links between contemporary pacific visual artists.
Tautai was founded in New Zealand in the 1980s as an informal network from an initiative by Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u and friends together with a small group of then emerging artists.

Cook Islands *

Cook Islands art and culture.

Cook Islands Library and Museum Society

Cook Islands. Wikipedia entry.

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Easter Islands *

Easter Island. The Rapa Nui. Isla de Pascua
A portal for the Easter islands. History, photos, music, arts and crafts, hotels. Rapanuiweb.com.

Easter Island mysteries.

Easter Island internet links.

Easter Island rock art and statues of Rapa Nui.

Engravings of the South Pacific Islands
A collection of engravings of the South Pacific first published in 1836 by MG.L. Domeny De Rienzi. as Océanie ou Cinquième Partie du Monde, Paris, France.

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Fiji *

Fiji Arts Council
Fiji Arts Council (FAC) is a charitable organization established in 1964 as a coordinating body for the preservation, development, and promotion of art.

Wikipedia entry on the culture of Fiji.

Fijian royal tapa cloth, 19th century, Neiman Marcus Collection, Honolulu
Fijian royal tapa cloth, 19th century, Neiman Marcus Collection, Honolulu

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Hawaii *

Hawaii Art Web Project
Hawaii performing arts, Hawaii visual arts, Hawaii, Hawaii art resources on the internet.

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Bishop Museum, Honolulu.

Hula dancing of Hawaii.


The Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center focuses on promoting Hawaiian culture
through education, hands-on activities and a wealth of information on
Polynesia and the islands that encompass it.

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Libraries *

Oceania Digital Library
The Oceania Digital Library is a collaborative project begun in late 2007 to digitise, preserve and provide searchable access to a range of cultural & heritage resources from research collections of partner institutions. The geographic scope of the resources includes the subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

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Maps of The South Pacific Islands

Melanesia *

Melanesia
Guide to Melanesian artefacts, art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The Oceanic Gallery

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National Library of Australia
National Library of Australia image collection. A searchable image database.

National Library of Australia Pacific resources on the internet.

New Caledonia *

New Caledonia Tourist Site

Tjibaou Cultural Centre
The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano with the concept of celebrating the vernacular Kanak culture.

Médiathèque du centre culturel Tjibaou
Le centre culturel Tjibaou est un pôle de développement de la création artistique Kanak et un centre de diffusion de la culture contemporaine Kanak.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Oceanic art collection.

New Guinea *

New Guinea Tribal Art

Ewa Oceanic Sepik Art Gallery
Ewa Gallery houses a collection of art from the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.

Niue *

Niue Homepage

New Hebrides

Rare and ancient object from the New Hebrides:
Masks, money, drums, dishes, mats. The Suzanne Bastien Collection

New Zealand *

New Zealand art and culture, a website directory.

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Oceanic Art – New Guinea Art Home Page
Oceanic Art and Material Culture. The Michael Hamson gallery sells museum quality oceanic art primarily from New Guinea. Bowls, plates, drums and other artefacts.

Oceanic Arts Australia, a site for purchasing Oceanic art.

Oceanic Archive
An image archive of the art of Oceanic ethnic groups.  These images have been accumulated over many years from numerous sources in the public domain and from private sources.

Oceania newspapers directory.

Oceanic Arts Society
The Society’s main focus is on Melanesian, Polynesian & Micronesian art, but not to the exclusion of tribal art from other areas or the contemporary art of the indigenous people of Oceania and Australia.

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Pacific Arts Alliance
Aims to empower and give voice to Pacific artists through collaboration and with a focus on the freedom of creative expression.

Pacific Arts Association
An international organization devoted to the study of all the arts of Oceania.

Pacific Arts Online
Profiling the rich artistic diversity of Oceania. Explore the site by themes.

Pacific Magazine

Papua New Guinea *

New Guinea Virtual library

New Guinea. Gallery and museum resources.
Tribal arts, artifacts.

New Guinea Tribal Artifacts
Superior quality New Guinea tribal art and artifacts at reasonable, fair prices.

Papua New Guinea Art, Oceanic Art and Tribal Art
Tribal Art sales and information on mask, figures, bowls, drums and adornments from the Sepik River Region.

Papua New Guinea Tribal Art

 

The Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center focuses on promoting Hawaiian culture through education, hands-on activities and a wealth of information on Polynesia and the islands that encompass it.

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Samoa *

Pasefika Designs: Samoan Art, Polynesian Art, Fine Arts and Design
Pasefika Designs portfolio includes Jon Apisa’s drawings prints and other Pasefika artwork inspired by Samoan art.

Samoan Art and Artists (PDF)

The Museum of Samoa
The museum of Samoa contains a collection of artifacts and historical images pertaining to Samoa’ culture and history.

Taualuga, the traditional Samoan dance. Wikipedia

The Music of Samoa. Wikipedia

Solomon Islands *

Culture of the Solomon Islands, Wikipedia entry.

National Gallery of Australia Solomon Islands art collection.

The Solomon Islands art collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Solomon Islands National Museum

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Tahiti *

Tahiti Web
Art and culture portal.

Tahiti Tourism Site

Tahiti Travel Guide

Tattoos *

Tattoos, a directory of tattoo websites.

Tahiti Tatou, Polynesian tattoo world-wide guide.
Designs, meaning (dictionary of Polynesian symbols) and origins of tattooing in Polynesia. A Tattoo Gallery, list of specialized tattooists, forum. Polynesian temporary tattoos, tattoo books, and other tattoo related products. Online store with secure payment.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Tautai supports the development of contemporary pacific art through actively fostering and maintaining links between contemporary pacific visual artists.
Tautai was founded in New Zealand in the 1980s as an informal network from an initiative by Samoan artist Fatu Feu’u and friends together with a small group of then emerging artists.

Tonga *

Tonga. The Kingdom of Tonga in Cyberspace

The Culture of Tonga. Wikipedia entry.

Tonga
Tonga facts, Tonga geography.

Arts, Craft & Culture in Vava’u Islands, Tonga.

Vanuatu *

Vanuatu Tourist Site

The Vanuatu Cultural Centre