Sir Raymond Firth is the most distinguished living British anthropologist, and one internationally acclaimed. His latest work forms part of one of the fullest and most professional ethgraphic accounts by any anthropologist of a n-industrial people, an account which extends over many years. This book is about the songs of a Western Pacific people, the Tikopia, who until recently lived entirely on a small remote island of the Solomons. Their songs vary from lively dance chants to mournful funeral laments. All are vel to western ears. The book provides about 100 examples, in text and translation. It also discusses the relation of the songs to the social life of the people, and it includes an analysis of the structure of their music, by Mervyn McLean, a ted musicologist. A cassette published at the same time reproduces about 30 of the songs which appear in the book.