Lavishly illustrated analysis and guide discusses the significance of art for the people of the Pacific Islands. Examines the art forms and practices of particular regions, for example, Maori ancestral carvings, and rituals of exchange and warfare in the Solomon Islands. Discusses topics such as maternal symbolism and male cults, and also provides a chapter on narrative art and tourism. Includes a bibliography, references and an index.. The author is a senior research fellow at the ANU.Thomas, Nicholas is the author of 'Oceanic Art ' with ISBN 9780500202814 and ISBN 0500202818.