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Re-Presenting Micronesia in Long Beach: Memories of a Tourist Collection.

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Title:Re-Presenting Micronesia in Long Beach: Memories of a Tourist Collection.
Authors:Flores, Ashley I.
Contributors:Art History (department)
Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This thesis explores the biography of 18 objects created on the island of Yap in the 1990s
at the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia (EAIM), an open workshop space in which
Micronesians were employed to make objects for sale to tourists. The institute employed the
local Micronesian community, mostly men from the main island, to recreate cultural objects
recorded in the Ergebnisse der Südsee-Expedition 1908-1910 journals. Eighteen of the types of
objects produced by EAIM are featured on display at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
(PIEAM) located in Long Beach, California, and have been since it opened in October 2010.
PIEAM has a wider focus on the arts of the Pacific, including Polynesia and Melanesia, but
clearly emphasizes Micronesia and the objects made at the EAIM. Both the museum and EAIM
were projects spearheaded by Dr. Gumbiner.
This thesis explores how the cultural objects, which are produced at the EAIM and
displayed at the PIEAM in Long Beach, California, can be seen as representing and perpetuating
a postcolonial situation.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Art History

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