Our Research

For almost half a century, we at the Field Museum in Chicago have been challenging naive ideas and old prejudices about the islanders of the Pacific, their ancient origins, prehistory, customs, and modern lives. 

Looking back across these decades can sometimes be discouraging. Many today still accept dated and hurtful views of those who call this part of the world their home.  

Nonetheless, we are committed to doing what we can to educate the public, change academic minds, and celebrate the people and island ways of the Pacific. 

Background image: Port Moresby by Hitchster. CC BY 2.0 / cropped and desaturated from original

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