The Solomon Islands, an archipelago nation situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, is made up of over 900 islands with rainforests, coastal environments, and coral reefs.
The people of the Solomon Islands are primarily Melanesian and the official language is English, however, pidgin English is widely spoken. Browse our Solomon Island collection and writing and knowledge from community members.
Tuhinga 15: Barava: land title deeds in fossil shell from the western Solomon Islands
Following fieldwork in the Solomon Islands and the tracing of residual traditional knowledge in Ranongga Island, a large fretworked Tridacna shell plaque, known as a ‘barava’ can now be reinterpreted as originally a land title deed.
Tuhinga 19: Cetaceans and citations: a survey of the English literature on the role of cetaceans in South Pacific island cultures
To support the development of our exhibition ‘Whales –Tohorā’, this review surveys material published in English on the practices, knowledge and beliefs of South Pacific people in relation to whales, dolphins and porpoises.