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Here you can find information about Emily's latest work and projects, useful links, and--of course--information about her home away from home, the Marquesas Islands.

McGill Reporter News

Emily wrote a short blurb for the McGill Reporter during her post-fieldwork visit to the islands in 2014.  The color-illustrated article gives a nice summary of some classic island traditions and events.  Check it out, here!  

Marquesan Now 

Marquesan Now is a blog that shares Marquesan words, news and photos, inspired by my phrasebook.  Stay up to date on all the latest in the islands!  Live vicariously.  Learn Marquesan.  Follow Marquesan Now!  

Archaeology in the Marquesas, Summer 2014

The AFAR Summer Field School in the Marquesas embarked on its ninth season in 2014, taking place from June 28 to August 9.   Students learned to excavate, speak an endangered language, and engage with the community museum!  The field school is partially sponsored by the Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research and directed by University of Hawaii professor Barry Rolett and his Assistant Director, Emily.  A unique opportunity you don't want to miss!  Please stay tuned on news about the next field school, tentatively forecast for summer 2016.  Visit www.afargo.org for details and to apply. 

Marquesan Phrasebook

The Marquesan language has been skirting extinction for over a century.  The Marquesan Phrasebook promotes the distinct Marquesan language and cultural identity of today.  It contains a Marquesan dictionary that translates Marquesan directly into English for the first time since the early 19th century.  It is also the first book to translate between Marquesan, English, and French.  The Marquesan Phrasebook is a valuable resource for scholars, tourists, and local Marquesans alike.  

Click on the Marquesan Phrasebook link at left to find out more!

E to the M, Squared: From Montreal to the Marquesas

A doctoral student in anthropology at McGill University, Emily recently returned from her dissertation fieldwork in French Polynesia.  Her doctoral research explores natural and cultural heritage, cultural landscapes, land and resource use in the Marquesas Islands.  Visit Marquesan Now for updates!    

About the Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas, known to Marquesans as Fenua Enata or Fenua Enana, are a remote group of 12 volcanic islands located just below the equator, in French Polynesia.  The most isolated archipelago in the world, only a few are accessible by domestic flights from Tahiti.  A favorite haunt of a number of famous artists over the last two centuries, this is a place entirely unique in culture, geography and spirit.  Towering peaks and steep, rocky cliffs plunge directly into a tossing, turquoise sea punctuated by white caps that gleam in the sun.  The tropical air breathes relaxation, even as its salty currents carry giant frigate birds and bright white doves lazily across the sky above.  

Is your curiosity piqued?  Click on Marquesas Links, at left, to indulge in Marquesas information, photographs, and more!