Welcome! My name is Thomas Dick and I am using this page to present the research that I have been working on over the last few years with the people of the Leweton Cultural Experience and in particular their representative, Sandy Sur, my brother and friend.
Having lived in Vanuatu for almost a decade, it has been a great privilege for me to be able to dedicate my time and energy towards a doctoral dissertation with the friends and family that I have made. My PhD (incorporating publications) examines kastom, tourism, and art in the Pacific, and focuses on the case of the Leweton Cultural Experience and “water music”. The creative centrepiece of my PhD is the documentary film titled “Vanuatu Women’s Water Music”. I worked with Sandy Sur and other members of the Leweton community (and friends from Further Arts, Wantok Musik) to create the beautiful 32-page e-book to accompany the DVD. It features the history of the development of the water music, as narrated to me by the Leweton community. You can view the e-book by clicking the button here: