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Using oral histories of Marshallese and Yapese voyaging to develop sustainable sea transport

with Dr. Joseph Genz,
Dept. of Anthropology, UH Hilo
Jerolynn Myazoe,
Dept. of Anthropology, UH Hilo
Shania Tamagyongfal,
Dept. of Anthropology, UH Hilo

Join us in person
on December 5, 2023, 12:00 pm
at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics (HIG) building, room 210, on the UH Mānoa campus.
A free lunch will be available for the first 25 participants.

Or to participate remotely via zoom, follow the registration link below.

A double-hulled sailing canoe, with sail fully extended for a downwind run, is silhouetted against a sparkling sea.

In this presentation, Dr. Joseph Genz and his graduate scholars, Jerolynn Myazoe and Shania Tamagyongfal, will describe two community-based projects they are conducting in Yap and the Marshall Islands. Their work centers on using oral histories of navigation practitioners and Indigenous methods to document traditional forms of community engagement that have the potential to be reactivated as active cultural practices for sustainable sea transport. Preliminary results, based on graduate student field conversations with 15 practitioners, indicate themes of voyaging invoked as metaphor, practices of community engagement, voyaging interaction spheres, the fragility of ancestral knowledge, and traditional roles including women as stewards of knowledge.

Join us for this next seminar of the “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar series hosted by the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center! The series is designed for a wide audience to learn about climate adaptation research and science-to-management applications for Hawaiʻi, the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands, and beyond.

Seminar recording:

Please note: Due to a technical error, video of the room was unusable, so a still image is in place during introduction and Q&A audio. We apologize for the inconvenience.