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Oceanic Diplomacy: Popo and Supu Diplomacy in the Modern State of Solomon Islands

Nanau, Gordon Leua


This In Brief is part of a miniseries on Oceanic diplomacy introduced in In Brief 2021/23. This paper looks at the longstanding and effective diplomatic system that has existed between Guadalcanal tribes, clans and individuals that we might call the popo and supu1 system. At its core are food exchanges, feasting and presentation of valuables through crafted popo (a wooden bowl filled and decorated with cooked food) or supu (a heap of uncooked food and live pigs) with reciprocal protocols that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2021-10-05
Type: Journal article
DOI: 10.25911/GDEA-MS11
Access Rights: Open Access

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