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Planting Islands: Marshall Islanders Shaping Land, Power, and History

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Title:Planting Islands: Marshall Islanders Shaping Land, Power, and History
Authors:Labriola, Monica C.
Keywords:Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States)
ethnographic history
indigenous epistemology
cross-cultural exchange
LC Subject Headings:Marshall Islands
Indigenous peoples
Social epistemology
Date Issued:26 Mar 2019
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Citation:Monica C. Labriola (2019) Planting Islands: Marshall Islanders Shaping Land, Power, and History, The Journal of Pacific History, DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2019.1585233
Abstract:This paper reframes encounters between ri-aelōñ-kein (Marshall Islanders) and ri-pālle (outsiders) between the 16th and 19th centuries through a ri-aelōñ-kein cultural lens. It applies a deep ethnographic approach and frameworks of cross-cultural exchange and mutual possession to re-present ri-aelōñ-kein engagements across the beach as purposeful attempts to ‘plant’ ri-pālle on land and within genealogies. It argues that, in addition to violence, ri-aelōñ-kein used ‘gifts’ of land and other exchanges to ‘plant’ ri-pālle within their realms and, in turn, augment their social status. While deployed most often by irooj (chiefs), kajoor (commoner) men and women used similar tactics with some success. Throughout, ri-aelōñ-kein made history by deploying aspects of culture to advance local ambitions through engagements with ri-pālle.
Description:This article is currently under an 18-month publisher embargo and will be available for public viewing after September 26, 2020.
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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Journal:The Journal of Pacific History
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