[Coral-List] follow-up: cultural significance of coral reefs inHawai`i
olesb at imsg.com
Fri Apr 27 09:21:53 EDT 2007
Of potential interest:
Transformations in the sociocultural values and meanings of reefs and
resources on Mwoakilloa
Journal: Coral Reefs
Publisher: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISSN: 0722-4028 (Print) 1432-0975 (Online)
(1) I.M. Systems Group Inc, 6307 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852,
Received: 27 September 2006 Accepted: 14 March 2007 Published online:
12 April 2007
Communicated by Guest Editor R. Pollnac.
Abstract: People have been living on Mwoakilloa, a coral atoll in the
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), for well over a millennium.
Foreign interlopers, colonial governments, global commerce, and a host
of internal and external forces have all played a role in shaping the
uses, values, and meanings assigned to the atoll, its reefs, and its
resources. This paper explores the changing relationships among the
people and reefs of Mwoakilloa, highlighting the multiple, co-existing,
and sometimes competing meanings and values assigned to atoll resources.
It emphasizes the point that even in a small, ethnically homogeneous
population there exists a diversity of meanings associated with reef
resources that are dependent upon wider socioeconomic contexts.
Identifying the sources of these cultural meanings is critical for
understanding behaviors toward and uses of reef resources, the status
and application of traditional ecological knowledge, and the success and
failure of local management measures on Mwoakilloa.
Keywords: Culture change - Place - Mwoakilloa - Mokil atoll -
Traditional ecological knowledge - Ethnography
Bryan Oles, PhD
I.M. Systems Group, Inc.
olesb at imsg.com
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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 3:34 AM
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Subject: [Coral-List] follow-up: cultural significance of coral reefs
Thanks for all your replies... I'm still sifting through all the
information and contacts you've offered, and I will try my best to
compile what I've gleaned. I realize that a great deal of information
that I am seeking may not be documented in a systematic way, but as an
academic endeavor, I wanted to conduct a proper literature review first.
I know my original posting was a bit vague, so I'd like to follow up
with a clarification. At this stage, I'm not focused on documenting what
exactly constitutes traditional ecological knowledge or cultural
practices, but rather how environmental perceptions (values, beliefs,
etc) and resource uses are evolving, and how this is influencing modern
conservation science and management.
Department of Geography
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
miguel.castrence at hawaii.edu
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