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Changing Contexts, Shifting MeaningsTransformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania$
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Elfriede Hermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833664

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833664.001.0001

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Histories of the Before

Histories of the Before

Lelu, Nan Madol, and Deep Time

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(p.41) Histories of the Before
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Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings
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David Hanlon

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833664.003.0003

This chapter discusses the historical links between indigenous societies on two islands: Kosrae and Pohnpei. It examines certain similarities between two historical sites (Lelu on Kosrae and Nan Madol on Pohnpei) as well as between their respective oral histories in order to uncover past interactions. It shows that the resultant cultural transformations in the two societies heralded later changes in the region now known as Micronesia. As in Micronesia so also in Polynesia, contacts between Pacific Islanders long antedated the coming of the Europeans. As a result of these indigenous links, Polynesia too was for centuries the scene of cultural transformation, but without non-Polynesians ever becoming a major influence. Furthermore, even as the European voyages got underway, these indigenous encounters continued in parallel.

Keywords:   indigenous societies, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Lelu, Nan Madol, cultural transformation, Pacific Islanders, oral history, Micronesia

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