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Item Description Genz, Joseph en_US 2012-04-10T01:13:37Z 2012-04-10T01:13:37Z 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Genz, 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.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.description.abstract Endeavors 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.extent 34 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject voyaging, navigation en_US
dc.subject cultural revival en_US
dc.subject ethnographic collaboration en_US
dc.subject Marshall Islands en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals en_US
dc.title Navigating the Revival of Voyaging in the Marshall Islands: Predicaments of Preservation and Possibilities of Collaboration en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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