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Bounty Chords

Music, Dance and Cultural Heritage on Norfolk and Pitcairn Islands

By Philip Hayward

Publication date: 2006
Total pages: 256
ISBN: 0 86196 678 3
Price: £ 15.00


Bounty Chords maps a rich and complex cultural history. Beginning with the Bounty mutiny in 1789, Philip Hayward analyses the establishment of the first Pitcairn Island settlement by mutineers and Tahitians in 1790, the mass relocation to Norfolk Island in 1855 and the subsequent development of the two island communities.

Focusing on the central role of song and dance in forging local heritage and identity,Haywardprovides a vivid picture of the hybrid societies that developed on Pitcairn andNorfolk islands during the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawing on a wide range of historical sources and his own interactions with musicians and dancers, the author gives a detailed and persuasive account of local practices and their relation to international cultures.

Following the communities through to the present, Hayward discusses the social crisis on Pitcairn Island in 2002-2005 and identifies the resilience of local micro-communities and their distinctive means of expression. Broadening the perspective, the volume concludes with an examination of concepts of heritage and with a discussion of the approach to culturally engaged research and facilitation the author pursued in his work with the island communities in 1999-2005.



Summary Chronology of the Bounty mutiny and the establishment of the Pitcairn and Norfolk Island communities

Chapter 1 Acts in The Theatrum Mundi: The Bounty, Tahiti and the mutiny

Chapter 2 No Erewhon: The first Pitcairn Island settlement

Chapter 3 A home away from home: The establishment of the Pitcairn community on Norfolk Island (1856-1900)

Chapter 4 A Community of Visitors: Music and the Melanesian Mission on Norfolk Island

Chapter 5 Re-Establishment: Pitcairn Island from 1858 to World War Two

Chapter 6 A Time of Transition: Performance Culture on Norfolk Island (1900-1940)

Chapter 7 A Dance with History (The re-Polynesianisation of Norfolk Island performance culture)

Chapter 8 Garrison Days: Norfolk Island during the Pacific stage of World War Two

Chapter 9 The Melodious Songs of the Blest: Locally associated hymns and their role in Norfolk Island Culture

Chapter 10 Modernity and Diversification: Popular music in post-War Norfolk Island

Chapter 11 Larna Acklan’s Yung’un: Norfolk Island language and heritage in song

Chapter 12 From Cultural Emergence to Crisis: Pitcairn Island (1945-2005)

Conclusion – Unfolding Heritage

Afterword – Engaging in Flux: The politics and practice of collaboration



Philip Hayward is head of the Department of Contempory Music Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney and is network co-ordinator of the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI). His previous books include studies of the music cultures of the Whitsunday Island (Tide Lines - 2001) and of Lord Howe Island (Hearing The Call - 2002). His other main commitment is to rainforest restoration around the Big Scrub are of northern New South Wales.

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