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dc.contributor.author Pigliasco, Guido Carlo en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-17T20:42:12Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-06-17T20:42:12Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-08 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Pigliasco, Guido Carlo. 2007. "The Custodians of the Gift": Intangible Cultural Property and Commodification of the Fijian Firewalking Ceremony. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i. en_US
dc.identifier.other Former Mana’o EPrint ID6 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/1515 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.)--Univeristy of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2007. en_US
dc.description Anthropology en_US
dc.description.abstract To disentangle the intertwined topics of property, commodification, tradition and change on the Fijian island of Beqa, this dissertation takes an unconventional ethnographic approach. The Fijian firewalking ceremony (vilavilairevo) traditionally performed only by members of the Sawau tribe on the island of Beqa, is a prime example of a propitiation ritual that has become commodified to suit the requirements of tourism. The reproduction of tradition on Beqa is currently being shaped by social processes such as globalization, tourism, and commodification. Issues of property, heritage and international policies intertwine with local realities and practices. Hence, in the course of this study three interconnected layers local, national and transnational, are located and discussed as dialogically engaged ethnographic material. In particular, this study points to an intensification of the meta-locale, cross-border interactions and growing interdependence between local, national and transnational actors through a deterritorializing process in which social spaces, borders and customs lose some of their previously overriding influence. On Beqa, cultural, religious, social and economic relations have become more global over time through integration of markets and the rapid spread of technologies such as the Internet, which are redefining concepts of identity, self-determination, public domain and the legitimacy of international institutions, and reflecting a hierarchy of power at the international level. This study aims to propel ethnographic practice into the social and transnational vortex of twenty-first-century social life addressing the delicate issue of the deparochialization of the research ethic. In the contemporary context of media promotion and the burgeoning industry of world tourism, indigenous rituals that have become commodified represent a well defined and highly active point of contact between local and global realities. In such ritual performances, and in the organizational and discursive practices that support them, indigenous and globalized systems of identity, economics, law, and aesthetics interact in dialogic processes of reproduction and transformation. This study ultimately shows how the flow of new legal ideas associated with traditional knowledge and cultural expressions in an era of cross-national ideologies of culture, tradition and authenticity represents a real challenge for the modern ethnographer, in terms of following their agency, architecture and effects. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Institute of Fijian Language and Culture, Ministry of Institute of Fijian Language and Culture, Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Culture and Heritage en_US
dc.format.extent 815 pages en_US
dc.subject Fiji en_US
dc.subject Beqa en_US
dc.subject firewalking ceremony en_US
dc.subject vilavilairevo en_US
dc.subject Sawau tribe en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject cultural heritage en_US
dc.subject cultural property en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject commodification of rituals en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fiji en_US
dc.title The Custodians of the Gift: Intangible Cultural Property and Commodification of the Fijian Firewalking Ceremony en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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