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Navigating the Revival of Voyaging in the Marshall Islands: Predicaments of Preservation and Possibilities of Collaboration

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dc.contributor.authorGenz, Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10T01:13:37Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-10T01:13:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationGenz, J. 2011. Navigating the Revival of Voyaging in the Marshall Islands: Predicaments of Preservation and Possibilities of Collaboration. The Contemporary Pacific 23 (1): 1-34.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1043-898Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/22316-
dc.description.abstractEndeavors to preserve esoteric domains of cultural knowledge in Oceania face severe challenges. Paradoxically, revitalization projects risk recontextualizing specialized knowledge and this weakens its cultural significance. In this article, I draw attention to the complexities of this predicament by providing ethnographic details on an ongoing voyaging revival in the Marshall Islands. I examine the competing cultural imperatives to simultaneously safeguard knowledge-based positions of identity, maintain deferential relationships with chiefly authority, and revitalize the cultural heritage. The navigational knowledge is being carefully guarded within families despite, or perhaps because of, decreasing numbers of custodians of a unique wave-based voyaging tradition. Now, Marshallese are navigating through unknown routes to uncover knowledge that has been lost, forgotten, and fragmented, and this suggests possibilities for new models of collaborative research that are sensitive to the politics of culture and tradition as they address the practices of cultural recovery.en_US
dc.format.extent34 p.en_US
dc.language.isoen-USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai‘i Pressen_US
dc.publisherCenter for Pacific Islands Studiesen_US
dc.subjectindigenous knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectvoyaging, navigationen_US
dc.subjectcultural revivalen_US
dc.subjectethnographic collaborationen_US
dc.subjectMarshall Islandsen_US
dc.subject.lcshOceania -- Periodicalsen_US
dc.titleNavigating the Revival of Voyaging in the Marshall Islands: Predicaments of Preservation and Possibilities of Collaborationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
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