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Burt, Ben

Works: 67 works in 185 publications in 2 languages and 2,536 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Biography  Catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works  Identification guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Musician, Other, Contributor
Classifications: DU850, 995.93
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Most widely held works by Ben Burt
Living tradition : a changing life in Solomon Islands by Michael Kwaʼioloa( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living Tradition is a work of collaboration between Michael Kwaioloa and Ben Burt, an anthropologist who has been researching the culture and history of Kwaraae since 1979. It presents social and cultural change from the personal perspective of autobiography, edited and interpreted with the benefit of academic research. Kwaioloa's theme is the importance of his traditional culture in providing an essential but ambivalent foundation for life in changing times. He presents a lively personal account of how Kwaraae tradition is lived even as it is transformed in confrontation with Christianity and European culture; a vivid illustration of life in the contemporary Pacific Islands
Tradition and Christianity : the colonial transformation of a Solomon Islands society by Ben Burt( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition and Christianity explores the way a Pacific Islands people, fiercely attached to the tradition of their ancestors, have transformed their society by changing their religion. Taking a perspective from the culture of the Kwaraae people of Malaita island, it traces a century of colonial history to show how and why they rejected the religion of their ancestral ghosts to become Christians. This is a story of resistance and compromise, from the 19th century labour trade through colonial subjugation and Christian conversion, to the anti-colonial Maasina Rul movement of the 1940s and the efforts of Kwaraae leaders ever since to regain their self determination by reaffirming traditional values under Christianity. Christianity has played a crucial part in the colonial transformation of the Pacific Islands. This book presents an unusually detailed local history to show how a fundamentalist mission contributed to the development of a distinctive indigenous Christianity with strong but ambivalent foundations in Kwaraae traditional culture. An anthropological study of a subject more familiar to missiologists and historians gives valuable new insights into the continuities and contradictions between traditional culture and Christianity in the contemporary Pacific
Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon Islands by Ben Burt( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reviews the significance of body ornaments in Kwara'ae society and the history of their disappearance under the social transformation of colonial rule and Christian conversion. It describes the materials, techniques and relationships by which ornaments were produced and exchanged and contains detailed drawings of the enormous variety of ornaments worn throughout Malaita
Africa in the world : past and present : a museum history by Ben Burt( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melanesia : art and encounter by Julie Adams( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The British Museums uniquely important Melanesian collection is pre-eminent among early collections, and the 20,000 items it comprises are core to understanding the cultures of the western Pacific. The extraordinary art styles represented, from groups such as New Guinea, New Ireland and the Solomon Islands and relating to ancestors, family and clan, houses, feasting and festivals, are of interest not only in themselves but also for how they have influenced European artists since the nineteenth century. With contributions from a wide range of international scholars, anthropologists, indigenous peoples and artists, and illustrated with over 300 colour images of Museum objects and contextual photographs, the book will survey and respond to the collection from the point of view of anthropologists and the people responsible for its creation. Melanesia is a visual feast and key reference work, providing illuminating encounters with the historical and contemporary cultures of the western Pacific, documenting the most culturally diverse and artistically fertile region in the world for the first time."--Publisher description
World art : an introduction to the art in artefacts by Ben Burt( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Western art values have a pervasive influence upon non-Western cultures and upon Western attitudes to them. This innovative yet accessible new text explores the ways theories of art developed as Western knowledge of the world expanded through exploration and trade, conquest, colonisation and research into other cultures, present and past. It considers the issues arising from the historical relationships which brought diverse artistic traditions together under the influence of Western art values, looking at how art has been used by colonisers and colonised in the causes of collecting and commerce, cultural hegemony and autonomous identities. World Art questions conventional Western assumptions from an anthropological perspective which allows comparison between cultures. It treats art as a property of artefacts rather than a category of objects, reclaiming the idea of 'world art' from the 'art world'."--Publisher's description
A Solomon Islands chronicle by Samuel Alasaʼa( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yoruba and their gods by Ben Burt( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Na masu'u kia 'i Kwara'ae : tualaka 'i Solomon Islands fa'inia logo na rū bulao kī saena fanoa kia = Our forest of Kwara'ae : our life in Solomon Islands and the things growing in our home by Michael Kwaʼioloa( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book documents the knowledge of a Pacific Islands people about the forest environment that has provided their livelihood for generations past, and should ensure it for the future. It describes how the Kwara'ae of Malaita in Solomon Islands use the things which grow in their forest, from their own cultural perspective and in their own language. An English translation appears alongside for others interested in Pacific Islands material culture and ethnobotany." "The authors have worked with a Kwara'ae research team to describe activities ranging from food production and preparation to building and craftwork. They provide an extensive dictionary of trees and plants and their uses, which includes botanical equivalents to the Kwara'ae names. The book's interpretation of Kwara'ae culture is discussed in an academic introduction, which examines Kwara'ae plant classification and the implications of reducing their oral tradition to writing."--Jacket
Environment and development in the Pacific Islands by Environment and development in the Pacific Islands (Conference)( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The things we value : culture and history in Solomon Islands( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Things We Value takes as its subject the creativity and cultural heritage of Solomon Islands, focusing on the kinds of objects produced and valued by local communities across this diverse country in the south-west Pacific. Combining historical and interpretive analyses with personal memories and extensive illustrations, the contributors examine such distinctive forms as red feather-money, shell valuables, body ornaments, war canoes, ancestral stones and wood carvings. Their essays discuss the materials, designs, manufacture, properties and meanings of artefacts from across the country. Sol
Solomon Islanders : the Kwara'ae by Ben Burt( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sioux by Robert Nicholson( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the history and culture of the Dakota Indian people (the Sioux). Suggested level: primary, intermediate
Malaita : a pictorial history from Solomon Islands by Ben Burt( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malaita' traces the history and culture of a Pacific island from the 19th to 21st centuries through over 600 images drawn from the archives of the British Museum and public and private photographic collections around the world. This book explores Malaita as it was represented to the wider world through photographs, artefacts, maps and drawings over a period of 150 years. Malaitans have been portrayed as exotic natives and migrant workers, as Christian converts and colonial subjects, and as ordinary people leading a distinctive way of life in a rapidly changing society. The colonisation of Malaita through the work of missions, government and business in the early twentieth century, the upheavals of the Second World War and the economic and political developments that followed were documented in thousands of photos. Thousands more were made by anthropologists researching detailed studies of local culture in the second half of the 20th century. As Malaitans migrated to neighbouring Guadalcanal to participate in the commercial development of Solomon Islands, a civil conflict in the early 21st century was followed by renewed efforts to build upon their ancestral culture for the peaceful development of their island. This book is an image-led and accessible narrative that provides fascinating new insights into the history of a Pacific island and will be an essential reference for researchers, students and general readers with an interest in the anthropology and history of Melanesia and the Pacific Islands
Polynesians by Ben Burt( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaving by Ben Burt( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peoples of the world by Ben Burt( Book )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in French and English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre apporte sur le sujet des informations sérieuses, clairement exposées, tenant compte des progrès récents. De nombreuses illustrations, des cartes, des plans accompagnés de légendes composent une mise en page variée
Plains Indians by Ben Burt( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aborigines by Ben Burt( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The chiefs' country : leadership and politics in Honiara, Solomon Islands by Ben Burt( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this autobiographical account of life in Honiara, capital of Solomon Islands, Michael Kwa'ioloa reflects on the challenges of raising a family in town, managing marriage exchanges, and sustaining ties with a distant rural homeland in Malaita island. He also participates in a long tradition of political activism by community leaders or chiefs, whose role was severely tested by the violent conflict between Malaitans and the indigenous Guadalcanal people at the turn of the century. Kwa'ioloa provides a local perspective on the causes and course of this unhappy episode in his country's history
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Living tradition : a changing life in Solomon Islands
Alternative Names
Burt, Benjamin William

Burt, Benjamin William 1948-

English (115)

French (3)

Body ornaments of Malaita, Solomon IslandsAfrica in the world : past and present : a museum historyA Solomon Islands chronicle