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The world and all the things upon it : native Hawaiian geographies of exploration

Author: David A Chang
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What if we saw indigenous people as the active agents of global exploration rather than as the passive objects of that exploration? What if, instead of conceiving of global exploration as an enterprise just of European men such as Columbus or Cook or Magellan, we thought of it as an enterprise of the people they "discovered"? What could such a new perspective reveal about geographical understanding and its place in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chang, David A.
World and all the things upon it.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A Chang
ISBN: 9780816699414 0816699410 9780816699421 0816699429
OCLC Number: 1312585977
Description: xix, 320 pages illustrations, maps 23 cm
Contents: Looking out from Hawai'i's shore: The exploration of the world is the inheritance of Native Hawaiians --
Paddling out to see: Direct exploration by Kānaka in the late eighteenth century --
A new religion from Kahiki: Christianity, textuality, and exploration, 1820-1832 --
The world and all the things upon it: Geography education and textbooks in Hawai'i, 1831-1878 --
Hawaiian Indians and Black Kanakas: Racial trajectories of diasporic Kanaka laborers --
Bone of our bone: The geography of sacred power, 1850s-1870s --
"We will be comparable to the Indian peoples": Recognizing likeness between Kānaka and American Indians, 1832-1895.
Responsibility: David A. Chang.

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What if we saw indigenous people as the active agents of global exploration rather than as the passive objects of that exploration? What if, instead of conceiving of global exploration as an enterprise just of European men such as Columbus or Cook or Magellan, we thought of it as an enterprise of the people they "discovered"? What could such a new perspective reveal about geographical understanding and its place in struggles over power in the context of colonialism? Writing with verve, David A. Chang draws on the compelling words of long-ignored Hawaiian-language sources - stories, songs, chants, and political prose - to demonstrate how Native Hawaiian people worked to influence their metaphorical "place in the world." Chang's book is unique in examining travel, sexuality, spirituality, print culture, gender, labor, education, and race to shed light on how constructions of global geography became a site through which Hawaiians, as well as their would-be colonizers, perceived and contested imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. -- from back cover.

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"In The World and All the Things upon It, David A. Chang places Hawai'i, both literally and figuratively, at the center of the world. His fascinating explorations of Kanaka Maoli histories throughout Read more...

 
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