Biographical entry: Bangara, Ididu


Ididu Bangara was a famous New Georgia chief said to have migrated to Nusa Roviana in Roviana Lagoon from Bao in the interior. On Nusa Roviana his son Pepeu Bangara was responsible for amalgamating the resident Kolio people and establishing the Roviana area as a significant area in the Western Solomons. Exactly when this occurred is difficult to pinpoint but the radiocarbon chronology suggests that the oldest shrine complexes date back to the fourteenth century, with shrines constructed over the last eight hundred years. Oral history from Roviana indicates there was a movement of settlements down to and around the coast about thirteen generations ago when new shrines were built. (Sheppard, Aswani, Walter and Nagaoka 2002)

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  • Sheppard, Peter, Aswani, Shankar, Walter, Richard, and Nagaoka, Takuyu, 'Cultural Sediment: The Nature of a Cultural Landscape in Roviana Lagoon, New Georgia, Solomon Islands', in Thegn N. Ladefoged;Michael W. Graves (ed.), Pacific Landscapes: Archaeological Approaches, The Easter Island Foundation, Los Osos (Cal.), 2002, pp. 37-61. Details