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

Nanau, Gordon Leua

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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]

dc.contributor.authorNanau, Gordon Leua
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-06T02:50:29Z
dc.date.available2021-10-06T02:50:29Z
dc.identifier.issn2209-9557
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/250486
dc.description.abstractThis 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 maintain friendly relations, solve disputes and strengthen or create new allies. While the popo and supu system continues to play a significant role in managing relations between people across Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands state has also adopted elements of the system in its efforts to resolve conflicts within the state as well as in its external diplomatic rituals.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Dept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Pacific Affairs in brief series: 2021/28
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectdiplomacy
dc.subjectinternational relations
dc.subjectgovernance
dc.subjectPacific
dc.subjectindigenous diplomacy
dc.subjectBlue Pacific
dc.subjectPacific Diplomacy
dc.subjectRAMSI
dc.titleOceanic Diplomacy: Popo and Supu Diplomacy in the Modern State of Solomon Islands
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2021-10-05
local.publisher.urlhttp://dpa.bellschool.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDept. of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2209-9549
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage2
local.identifier.doi10.25911/GDEA-MS11
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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