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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.author Genz, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-10T01:13:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-10T01:13:37Z
dc.date.issued 2011
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.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22316
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.
dc.format.extent 34 p.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject indigenous knowledge
dc.subject voyaging, navigation
dc.subject cultural revival
dc.subject ethnographic collaboration
dc.subject Marshall Islands
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title Navigating the Revival of Voyaging in the Marshall Islands: Predicaments of Preservation and Possibilities of Collaboration
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2010 - Volume 23, Number 1


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