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Essays

The Spirit of the Solomons

THREE SOLOMON ISLAND ARTISTS

Peter Thursby

KUAI MAUEHA, Carved Figure - God of Kaitu'u, wood, 60 x 30 cm, collection the Solomon Islands National Museum. Photograph Jim Brownett.

The Solomon Islands are located in the south-west Pacific in an island chain that extends from just south of Bougainville for nearly 1500 kilometres to the south-east in the direction of Vanuatu. A population of approximately 300,000 people occupy six large islands and hundreds of smaller islands and atolls scattered over a land mass of about 28,000 square kilometres…

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