Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta






The official launching of the documentary will take place at the National Museum, on Tuesday the 25th September, 2018, at 4.30pm.






Everyone knows. Everything’s changing – language is changing, lifestyles are changing, ideas of respect are changing…” Numaline Mahana – Fieldworker, Tanna


The Vanuatu Cultural Centre is a custom bank, where we archive traditional knowledge for future generations.”  Jacob Kapere – Men’s Fieldworker Facilitator 2011-2017


The Vanuatu Cultural Centre’s (VKS) Fieldworker Network is a unique model of sustained indigenous collaborative cultural research and revitalisation spanning more than 4 decades. Iterations of this project, with its network of more than 100 indigenous researchers spread across most of the 83 islands of the Vanuatu archipelago, have undertaken cultural documentation and revitalisation at a scale and scope unparalleled in the Pacific, and perhaps the world. This project uses documentary film to explore the history and purpose of the VKS’ Men and Women’s Fieldworker Network in the face of contemporary social, cultural and environmental change. Made by Dr. Maya Haviland, from the Australian National University, and Brad Riley, in collaboration with the National Film, Sound and Photo Unit of the VKS, the resulting ½ hour documentary features contemporary interviews and archival material gathered over many decades by Vanuatu’s ‘original researchers’, the Fieldworkers. It explores the ways in which this unique network continues to harness the cultural commitment and knowledge of volunteer researchers across the country, contributing to cultural revitalisation in communities, and shapes the core operating logic and collections of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. 







Filming permits are permits issued by governments to allow the filming of motion pictures. Every city and state has some sort of council or office that handles filming permits. Obtaining film permits is part of the process of location scouting, and they are usually the responsibility of the location manager. 

We have an extensive range of books, posters, CDs, DVDs, postcards, t-shirts, ceramics, carvings, paintings, weaving, drawings and bowls.
All crafted items are sourced through our ‘Fieldworker’ network, which means they are made by traditional means and materials and come from all over the Vanuatu archipelago. Each item is hand-made with profits going back to the makers and their village.