The sounds and songs of Pacific Views

Use this resource to hear the songs and sounds from the PARADISEC archive.

Pacific Views is presented in partnership with the Sydney Environment Institute and PARADISEC, the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures. 

Full recordings available via the PARADISEC archive.

Songs to ancestral spirits from Rennell & Bellona Province, Solomon Islands

recorded/collected by Solomon Islands National Museum, 1977


Image: Section pipe of diamond drill on reef platform 1897, Funafuti, Tuvalu, HP90.28.4888

Iatmul-Kandingei slit drums, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

recorded/collected by Bob McLennan, 1972


Image: Limestones of Aitape series. 5. Geological Dept. c.1920, Aitape, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, HP90.28.2389

Kanak Singsing, New Caledonia performance at Suva Festival (Fiji)

recorded/collected by Mary Patterson, 1972


Image: Nauru Lagoon in centre of island c.1930, HP99.1.1955

Takaino Independence song, Kieta District, Bougainville

recorded/collected by Don Laycock, 1980


Image: Eruption of Baluan [Kalamanagunan] 1937, Rabaul, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, HP.90.28.2470

Peroveta (prophet) song, Hiri-Motu, Central Province, Papua New Guinea

recorded/collected by Murray Groves, 1973


Image: [Island] c.1930, unknown location, HP2008.1.367

Namakira by Makira Stringband, Shefa Province, Vanuatu

recorded/collected by Wolfgang Sperlich, 1985


Image: The hill ?Tumebu as seen from Tangoa – looking onto the mainland of Santo. Typical raised coral hill 1903, Espiritu Santo, Sanma Province, Vanuatu, HP90.28.2437

Meke dance song, Fiji

recorded/collected by Albert Schutz, 1961


Image: Navua River, Fiji c.1920, Viti Levu, Western-Central Division, Fiji, HP2008.1.251

School assembly singing, Apia, Samoa

recorded/collected by Murray Groves, 1973


Image: ?Kaluiuaa Falls. Ohau c.1920, Kaliuwaʻa, Hau’ula, O’ahu, Hawai’I, HP90.28.2635

Featured image: China Straits from Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea, 1929. Photographer William J Jackson, Macleay Collections, HP2013.1.2