Stone Men of Malekula on Malakula: An Ethnography of an Ethnography

  title={Stone Men of Malekula on Malakula: An Ethnography of an Ethnography},
  author={Haidy Geismar},
  pages={199 - 228}
This article examines the resonances of the voluminous ethnography, ‘Stone Men of Malekula’ (SMM) in contemporary Vanuatu. Anthropological research is politically charged in Vanuatu, in part because of how the weighty materiality of archival forms exercise significant local authority. However, alongside respect for this ‘evidential’ material is a healthy scepticism of anthropological authority. SMM, written by the maverick anthropologist John Layard in 1942 (based on fieldwork in 1914–15), has… 
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