• Dr. Al Wardi Sémir
    Dr. Al Wardi Sémir
    Docteur en science politique Directeur du département de droit, économie et gestion Maître de conférences en science politique à l’Université de la Polynésie française – Membre du laboratoire Gouvernance et Développement Insulaire, GDI (EA 4240). – Membre du comité du Pacific Island Political Science Association (PIPSA), Auckland, NZ. – Membre du Réseau Asie-Imasie du CNRS […]
  • Dr. Carol Ivory
    Dr. Carol Ivory
    Carol Ivory is an art historian (PhD, University of Washington); she retired from Washington State University in 2014, where she served as Professor of Fine Arts, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ivory’s research focuses on the art, history, and culture of the […]
  • Dr. Emily Donaldson
    Dr. Emily Donaldson
    Dr. Donaldson (Ph.D. Anthropology, McGill University; M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago; B.A. Anthropology, Harvard University) first visited the Marquesas Islands as a college student studying archaeology in 2001. She returned to conduct her own anthropological research the following year, and by the end of that summer she was an adopted (tafai) member of a […]
  • Dr. Jane Freeman Moulin
    Dr. Jane Freeman Moulin
    Dr. Jane Freeman Moulin is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai‘i. She is the author of over 50 articles and books on the performative arts of French Polynesia, including The Dance of Tahiti, Music in the Southern Marquesas Islands, and Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. As the Primary Researcher […]
  • Dr. Kathleen C. Riley
    Dr. Kathleen C. Riley
    Kathleen (Kate) C. Riley received her doctorate in cultural and linguistic anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center and presently teaches at Rutgers University. She has conducted fieldwork in the Marquesas, Vermont, France, Montreal, and NYC. Her research has focused on the relationship between language ideologies and language socialization, language shift, and culturally constructed social identities […]
  • Dr Keao NeSmith
    Dr Keao NeSmith
    “Dr Keao NeSmith is a PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Waikato, New Zealand). Born and raised on the island of Kaua‘i in Hawai‘i, Dr NeSmith has spent considerable time on various islands across Polynesia studying Polynesian languages and cultures. He speaks Hawaiian, Tahitian and Marquesan as well as English and French. Dr NeSmith taught […]
  • Dr. Ku Kahakalau
    Dr. Ku Kahakalau
    Dr. Ku Kahakalau is an award-winning native Hawaiian educator, song-writer, story teller, researcher and expert in Hawaiian language, history and culture residing with her family on rural Hawaii Island. Of Hawaiian and German ancestry, and fluent in English, Hawaiian and German, Aunty Ku as she is affectionally known throughout Hawaii, has over 30 years of […]
  • Dr. Sidsel Millerstrom
    Dr. Sidsel Millerstrom
    Dr. Sidsel Millerstrom, Anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Millerstrom will inform our passengers on origin and migration patterns of the Polynesians and their early settlement and life in the Marquesas.  She has worked in all the islands since 1984 and has discovered and recorded numerous tiki sculptures and more than 7,000 ancient petroglyphs (rock […]
  • Dr. Terry Hunt
    Dr. Terry Hunt
    Dr. Terry Hunt, M.A., Ph.D.,  Dean of the Clark Honors College and professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon.  He taught for 26 years at University of Hawaii prior to re-locating to Oregon.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo; a Master’s degree from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and […]
  • Gislain Houzel
    Gislain Houzel
    Ingénieur et géophysicien de formation , Ghislain HOUZEL a travaillé de nombreuses années en Polynésie où il réside souvent .  Passionné par l’histoire des grandes découvertes maritimes dans l’océan Pacifique , Ghislain a écrit de nombreux articles sur ce sujet ; il est en particulier  l’auteur du livre  DES NOUVELLES DE MONSIEUR DE LA PEROUSE . […]
  • Marie Noelle Ottino
    Marie Noelle Ottino
    Marie Noelle Ottino, Doctorate in prehistory, ethnology and anthropology from University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.  An Associate member of the Laboratory UMR 7041 (Ethnology and Preshistory) of the CNRS.   She participated in the archaeological researches and restorations, especially in the Marquesas islands of Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa and Tahuata.   Since the […]
  • Maurice Bligh
    Maurice Bligh
    Inventor and Historian Maurice Bligh will journey aboard the Aranui 5 on voyage 17, sailing Nov. 7, 2017, and recount the travels of his great-great-great-grandfather, Vice-Admiral William Bligh of the historically renowned HMS Bounty.  For more than 45 years, Maurice Bligh has researched his legendary ancestor and has set out to dispel the misinformation and […]
  • Ms Victoria Andrews
    Ms Victoria Andrews
    Ms Victoria Andrews,  Heritage, conservation and art professional.  She was Assistant Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA prior to moving to New Zealand in 1995.  She has maintained her museum associations while working on the preservation of Maori and European cultural heritage.  She has traveled extensively through the […]
  • Pierre Ottino
    Pierre Ottino
    Pierre Ottino,  Doctorate in prehistoric archeology, is a reseacher at the reseach institute for development.  He spent more than 15 years researching ruined settlements in the Marquesas Islands.  His work inspired locals to reconstruct traditional housing based on elders’ recollection and his research.  This in turn revitalized the traditional crafts such as wood carving.
  • Tahiarii Pariente
    Tahiarii Pariente
    Born in Tahiti, Tahiarii’s life was indelibly influenced growing up between Europe and Polynesia. By the age of 19 he had completed a degree in Science at the “Universite Francaise du Pacifique” (Tahiti). In 1999 he graduated from the “Bond University” (Australia) with a BA in Commerce. By 2003, Tahiarii returned to the Raromatai islands to […]
  • Teiki Huukena
    Teiki Huukena
    Teiki Huukena,  Tattoo artist of tiki tattoo and author of the 1st Dictionary of symbols and meanings of the Polynesian tattoo of the Marquesas Islands.   Teiki Huukena has worked the Marquesan tattoo in his practice and in the studies of the meanings of the symbols of ancestral tattoos of “Patutiki” with his family and friends, […]