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Title: What's Mine is Yours? Cultural Borrowing in a Pacific Context 
Author: Moulin, Jane Freeman
Date: 1996
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Moulin, J. F. 1996. What's Mine is Yours? Cultural Borrowing in a Pacific Context. The Contemporary Pacific 8 (1): 128-53.
Abstract: Ever-increasing opportunities for artistic contact and interaction between music
and dance cultures of the Pacific create new potentials for significant artistic
exchange. This paper considers three eastern Polynesian cultures (Marquesas,
Society Islands, Cook Islands) and explores the nature and content of the artistic
borrowing that occurs. Although certainly not a new practice, such borrowing
has contributed to growing tensions in the region-tensions that relate to questions
of "authenticity" and cultural appropriation. This paper expands the discussion
to a global framework and examines artistic exchange in relation to the
growing political and economic importance of cultural distinctiveness, particularly
when defining that culture to outsiders. Predictions are offered about the
role music and dance will playas Pacific nations determine the boundaries of
local, regional, and global culture.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: cultural identity, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, music, dance, cultural appropriation, tourism
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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