University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Marianne L. Stoller

Te-moana-nui-o-Kiwa

To the Polynesians the Pacific Ocean is Te-moana-nui-o-Kiwa, the Great Sea of Kiwa. This article, the first of three, tells how some of its many islands were discovered and named.

By: Marianne L. Stoller

For the past year one of the projects of the University Museum has been the renovation and remodeling of the South Pacific and African storerooms. with more efficient storage units, better lighting, and the installation of air filters which will prevent the accumulation of dust, it has been possible to give the collections, which are […]


Te-moana-nui-o-Kiwa

The final article in a series about the finding and naming of some of the islands in the Pacific--the Maori great sea of Kiwa.

By: Marianne L. Stoller

In previous articles we have considered various discoveries made by five nations–Holland, Spain, Britain, France, and the United States. There is still a sixth country to be heard from–Russia. Compared with the other nations, Russia was a johnny-come-lately on the South Pacific waters; most of the larger and more important islands and island groups had […]


Te-moana-nui-o-Kiwa

image of Omai

By: Marianne L. Stoller

The second in a series of articles about the finding and naming of some of the islands in the Pacific- the Maori great Sea of Kiwa. No source I could find seemed willing to say just exactly how many islands there are in the South Pacific. There are thousands of them, to be sure, approximately […]


Birds, Feathers, and Hopi Ceremonialism

By: Marianne L. Stoller

“When we plant corn we place seven or eight seeds in each hole. Of course, we don’t need to grow that many plants for ourselves, but one plant is for the mouse and two are for the crow. They need to eat, too, you know, and they like corn just as we do.” –Clifford Balenquah […]