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The World Factbook: Background: :: After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence. :: more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: Palau (i/pəˈlaʊ/, sometimes spelled Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau),[4] is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror. The islands share maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated more [Source: Wikipedia]

Expertise (alphabetical order)

Petra Maria AUTIO
Postdoctoral Fellow, Social and Cultural Anthropology (Department of Social Research) at University of Helsinki, Finland

Keywords: Social Organization, Dance, Custom, Kinship, Narratives, Social Differentiation, Language Ideology, Migration, Resilience, Colonial Discourse

PhD Student, Department of Social Anthropology, Bergen Pacific Studies at University of Bergen, Norway

Keywords: Climate Change, Climate Policy, Climate Change Migration, Conservation, Cultural Change, Democracy, Diplomacy, Environment, Epistemology, Globalization

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Culture and Communication Studies at Waseda University, Japan

Keywords: Post-Colonialism, Self-Determination, World War II, Art, Climate Change, Cultural Studies, Critical History, Commemoration, Gender, Sexuality

Sylvia FRAIN
PhD Student, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Otago, New Zealand

Keywords: Nonviolent Resistance, Critical Military Studies, Feminist Security Studies, Visualization and Representation, Social Media Activism, Indigenous Inquiry

PhD Student, Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos, Seville at Spanish National High Research Council (CSIC), Spain

Keywords: International Relationships, History

Patrick NUNN
Professor, Sustainability Research Centre at University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Keywords: Climate Change, Coastal Erosion, Cultural Change, Human Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge, Kava, Landscape, Myth, Religion And The Environment, Sustainable Development

Professor, Micronesian Area Research Center at University of Guam, Guam

Senior Lecturer, Dept of International Studies at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Keywords: Citizenship, Climate Change, Conflict, Diasporas, Disaster, Environment, Food and Nutrition, Globalization, Migration, Nuclear Issues

Research Fellow, Ho'omaluhia, Hawai'i, International and Indigenous Division at Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, United States

Keywords: Customary Law, Diasporas, Gender Violence, Health, Human Rights, Identity, Justice, Law and Culture, Mining, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Associate Professor, School of Marine Studies at University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Keywords: Climate Change, Conservation, Cultural Geography, Fisheries, Natural Resources, Natural Hazards, Sustainability

Curator, Oceania Department at Übersee-Museum, Bremen, Germany

Keywords: Identity, Migration, Museums, Diasporas, Social Change

Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences at Tromsø University Museum, University of Tromsø, Norway

Keywords: Austronesian Prehistory, Cultural Heritage, Heritage Management, Materiality, Museums, Inter-ethnic Relations


Not specified Papua New Guinean men performing Kutara at the 8th Festival of P... [NatLib NZ]

Not specified Palauan women performing at the 8th Festival of Pacific Arts, No... [NatLib NZ]

Not specified [Home Base Pacific Pilgrimage] :Pacific Peacemaker. Pacific Peac... [NatLib NZ]

Angas, George French, 1822-1886 [Angas, George French] 1822-1886 :Canoe paddle... [NatLib NZ]

Smith, Charles Hamilton [1823?] Fortified retreat of Captain Wilson and his crew... [NLA]


Geological Survey (U.S.) Reston, Va. : Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey,... [NLA]

United States. Army. Engineer Battalion (Topographic), 652nd [Washington, D.C.] ... [NLA]

Geological Survey (U.S.). National Mapping Division Reston, Va. : Denver, Colo. ... [NLA]

United States. Central Intelligence Agency [Washington, D.C. : Central Intellige... [NLA]

Geological Survey (U.S.) Reston, Va. : Geological Survey (U.S.), 1983-1984 Topog... [NLA]


Hylton, Wil S. . 2013.. Vanished : the sixty-year search for the missing men of World War II / Wil S... [NatLib NZ]
Palau,; United States,; United States. Department of State,. 2013. Scientific cooperation : agreemen... [WorldCat]
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,. 2013. Omnibus territori... [WorldCat]


A i ka oe palau / Nou no o Ainahau. nd. 18--4 p. (p. 33B-34, 35-36). ... [Bishop]
Chief Aibedul of South Palau.. nd. 1 painting on canvas : oil ; 46 x 40 cm.Painting in fair conditio ... [Bishop]
Chief Reklai of North Palau.. nd. 1 painting on canvas : oil ; 46 x 40 cm.Painting in fair condition ... [Bishop]


Percival, Galumalemana Steven.Paradigm Documentaries.Tiapapata Art Centre.. 2011. Climate change [vi ... [NatLib NZ]


Schrott, Erwin. . 2008. Erwin Schrott [sound recording]. London : Decca, p2008. . ... [NatLib NZ]

Official Websites

  • Republic of Palau - National Government...
  • US Department of the Interior - Office of ...
  • UNESCO - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon...

    Research Centres

  • Palau International Coral Reef Center (PIC...

    Libraries and Archives

  • Palau Congress Library...
  • Palau National Museum Research Library...
  • Palau Union Catalog...

    Museum Collections

  • American Museum of Natural History...
  • Australian Museum...
  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum...

    Health and Health Research

  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS...
  • Ministry of Health - Republic of Palau...
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)...


    List of languages
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    Administrative Areas

    Aimeliik (State)
    Airai (State)
    Kayangel (State)
    Koror (State)
    Melekeok (State)
    Ngaraard (State)
    Ngarchelong (State)
    Ngardmau (State)
    Ngatpang (State)
    Ngchesar (State)
    Ngeremlengui (State)
    Ngiwal (State)
    Peleliu (State)

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