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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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From Nuclear Exodus to Cultural Reawakening

From Nuclear Exodus to Cultural Reawakening

A Navigator’s Journey in the Marshall Islands

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(p.201) From Nuclear Exodus to Cultural Reawakening
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At Home and in the Field
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Joseph H. Genz

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0034

This chapter explores the revival of indigenous navigation in the Marshall Islands. Its primary concern is how Marshallese navigators orient themselves at sea. By ethnographically exploring this question, the chapter illustrates where Marshallese and American navigators' ecological knowledge converge and diverge. It shows how the Marshallese, and to some extent other island communities throughout Oceania, have been left with strong impressions of America's wealth, power, and knowledge due to successive waves of militarism in the past century. This has led to an implicit devaluing of traditional practices and epistemologies despite their sustainability, while valorizing development, modernity, and scientific ways of knowing. Yet recent studies of indigenous epistemologies in Oceania have emphasized a plurality of knowledges with equally valid ways of knowing.

Keywords:   indigenous navigation, Marshall Islands, Marshallese navigators, American navigators, indigenous epistemologies

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