| || || Mua, Makereta Rosarine.|
| || || Saunoan ka 'Eagke Maoan' (forgotton but not lost) : Rotuman migration to the Torres Strait .|
Author:Mua, Makereta Rosarine.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This study explores the early arrival and settlement of Rotuman migrants in the Torres Strait Islands. Of central importance is the Part-Rotuman-Torres Strait (PRTS) Islanders’ sense of Rotuman cultural identity, their conceptions of Rotuma and Rotuman culture and the extent to which it shapes their social lives. Beginning with an overview of the pearling industry, the thesis discusses several cultural practices with particular focus on the emergence of taibobo chants and dances as one of the most prominent practices, linking Rotuma and its migrant workers with the Torres Strait Islanders. The study of taibobo by Rotuman elders, provides clarifications and some explanations regarding their connections with early traditional Rotuman chants and dances as well as the impact of other ethnic Pacific Island communities. Transitional changes in the chants and movements as well as “ownership” are noted. Despite the fight over ownership claims by Murray Islanders, taibobo chants and dances allow PRTS Islanders to practice their Rotuman identity through the performance of taibobo. Genealogies and their stories are integral parts of the thesis that help to establish links between the PRTS Islanders and their relatives in Rotuma and Fiji.