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Chief Willie Bongmatur Maldo and the incorporation of Chiefs into the Vanuatu state

Bolton, Lissant


This paper is about chiefs in Vanuatu. The archipelago of islands now known as Vanuatu is inhabited by people who speak 113 different languages and have many different systems of knowledge and practice, including many different forms of community leadership. In Vanuatu today, knowledge and practice understood to derive from the pre-colonial past—traditional ways of doing and being—is called kastom in the national lingua franca, Bislama. The word provides a way of summing up what the ni-Vanuatu...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 1999
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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