A MELANESIAN EXPERIENCE
When the French writer and poet, Andre Breton observed odd sculptures for the first time from Melanesia he wrote, “You frighten. You amaze.” The five Melanesian islands of Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu were places that were not supposed to be discovered. Explorers feared them. Missionaries were murdered on them. Colonists struggled to govern them. Today, the indigenous people on these culturally rich islands desperately want to hold onto their traditional practices that often clash with Western ways of thinking and values. The Darklands acutely examines the mysterious and unique cultural practices especially those that frighten and those that amaze.