The Current Convening #3 Tabu/Tapu – Who Owns the Ocean? A collaboration with TBA21-Academy Day 2 Session 1 Introduction and case studies presentations

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The Current Convening #3 Tabu/Tapu – Who Owns the Ocean? A collaboration with TBA21-Academy Day 2 Session 1 Introduction and case studies presentations

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Sat 27 Jan 2018, 2.00 - 3.15 pm
The Single Screen, Blk 43 Malan Rd

Coinciding with NTU CCA Singapore’s current exhibition The Oceanic, featuring contributions by TBA21–Academy The Current Fellows from the first cycle of expeditions (2015–17), Convening #3 marks the culmination of inquiries on the vessel Dardanella to the Pacific archipelagos of Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea; the Tuamotus in French Polynesia; and the Lau Island Group in Fiji.

2.00pm

Introduction

2.15pm
Case Study by Dr Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta (Fiji), Director, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies & Pacific Heritage Hub, UNESCO Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji

IS ANYTHING SACRED ANYMORE? Unpacking the Significance of Tapu/Tabu in Contemporary Oceania: Case Study by Dr Cresentia Frances Koya Vaka'uta

What is tapu or tabu in contemporary contexts of Oceania? This paper unpacks our understandings of tapu/tabu as sanctity or sacred vessels and spaces including the human body, objects, and physical places or sites. Related concepts of mana (spiritual forces, energy, power), and relational spaces will also be examined. Cultural and contemporary examples of sacred space will be provided to enable a deeper understanding of how these indigenous ideas may be used to enhance participatory research undertakings and provide a deeper understanding of indigenous communities in context.

2.45pm

Case Study by Dr Cynthia Chou (Singapore/United States), Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa, United States

The Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesia: The Spirit that Resides in Things and People
Case Study 
by Dr Cynthia Chou

Living afloat the oceans of Southeat Asia are various groups of sea nomads. One such group comprises the Orang Suku Laut, literally "Tibal People of the Sea" who are well-known in the region's history as the "orang asli" (indigenous people) of a vast maritime world known as the "Alam Melayu." Complex items exists in their communities exits within their communities. They range from items with inherent meanings and the spirit of the person, to those whose meanings and values undergo redefinition as they circulate through different domains of exchange within and beyond their communities. Boundaries have been set up to determine the ways in which these different types of things may circulate as they bear and impact one's identity and well-being.

Date

2018-01-27

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Convening #3 marks the culmination of inquiries on the vessel Dardanella to the Pacific archipelagos of Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea; the Tuamotus in French Polynesia; and the Lau Island Group in Fiji.

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Onsite (CCA)

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Citation

“The Current Convening #3 Tabu/Tapu – Who Owns the Ocean? A collaboration with TBA21-Academy Day 2 Session 1 Introduction and case studies presentations,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed November 27, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/2412.