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No Longer Captives of the Past

The Story of Reconciliation on Erromango

Carol E. Mayer, Anna Naupa & Vanessa Warri

“A powerful firsthand and interpretive narrative.”

BC Studies

Book Description

This bilingual book recounts the memories of a reconciliation ceremony held on Erromango, one of the South Pacific islands comprising the Republic of Vanuatu. The impetus for the ceremony was the murder in 1839 of English Presbyterian missionary John Williams and a colleague. The reconciliation ceremony originated with an act of generosity whereby Williams’s descendants offered the missionary’s South Pacific memorabilia to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. The museum’s Pacific curator, Carol Mayer, not only accepted the items but initiated the reconciliation ceremony and resultant book. The book both describes and visualizes the event and related missionary activity with 105 compelling full-colour illustrations.


“Well worth reading, viewing, and pondering.”—BC Studies



  • hardcover
  • 9 x 11.5 inches
  • 128 pages
  • 978-0-8886505-6-6
  • $25