Sorcery, war canoes and sacred shrines: field work in the Solomon Islands in 1908

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Sorcery, war canoes and sacred shrines: field work in the Solomon Islands in 1908

A Linnean Lunchtime Lecture

12:30 Wednesday 6th May 2015

Linnean Society's Percy Sladen Memorial

In 1908 the Linnean Society's Percy Sladen Memorial Trust funded an anthropological expedition to the Solomon Islands in the southwest

exotic world of sorcery, headhunting, war canoes and sacred shrines

Pacific, then a newly-acquired British colony. The expedition was led by W.H.R. Rivers, a psychologist and ethnologist and, much later during the First World War, the pioneer of new methods of treating 'shell-shock' cases among traumatised soldiers and airmen. In 1908 Rivers was accompanied by Arthur Hocart, and they plunged themselves into an exotic world of sorcery, headhunting, war canoes and sacred shrines.


soldiers and airmen

For today's Linnean Lunchtime Lecture join Tim Bayliss-Smith as he argues that the expedition achieved more than just the collection of information, photographs and artefacts relating to the people of the western Solomons and that it was, in fact, the first occasion when social anthropology in the modern sense was realised through fieldwork.

Linnean Lunchtime Lectures are free and open to all.

Doors open at 12:00 and tea and coffee will be served in the library following the event.