The original drawings and notes of Arthur Bernard Deacon (1903-1927), created during his visit to Malekula and other islands in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) in 1926, have been inscribed in the Memory of the World Register for 2013. “These documents record the language, customs and traditional tales of the people he studied and illustrate the famous sand-drawing tradition for which the islands are still renowned. The material he collected from the individuals he interviewed is of great value to the people of the islands of Vanuatu eager to retain knowledge of their heritage, and his recording is detailed and unique. Deacon’s portrayal of a culture without an extensive written history is of importance to all of us and brings to light the work of one of the most promising anthropologists of the last century” [extract from the UNESCO Memory of the World website].
[These materials form the basis for the posthumous publication Malekula, a vanishing people in the New Hebrides, which is available in its entirety from through the Online Digital Source and Annotation System (ODSAS) network.]