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What's specific about the Pacific?
Transcript of What's specific about the Pacific?
Dale F. Simpson Jr.
Instructor - College of DuPage - Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. Candidate - University of Queensland - School of Social Sciences
Instructor -Terevaka.net Archaeological Outreach
What's Specific about the Pacific
What's Anthropology doing
in the Pacific?
Time depth &
Material culture: Adzes
Material culture: Lures
Material culture: Fishhooks
Biological & genetic
Ancient socialpolitical organization
Song & dance
Haka - The Dance of Warriors
Anthropologists wear many hats
Easter Island - kai kai
Participants & Witnesses to Environmental Change & Hope
Rapa Nui looks forward!
Easter Island's Tapati
about the Pacific
A huge thanks to COD's Field Studies program & the Global Education Initiative Grant
To Harvard: How do you like dem apples
Part I: Periodising the Pacific
1. Damon Salesa, “The Pacific in Indigenous Time”
2. Joyce E. Chaplin, “The Pacific before Empire”
3. Nicholas Thomas, “The Pacific in the Age of Empire”
4. Akira Iriye, “A Pacific Century?”
Part II: Connections
5. Ryan T. Jones, “The Environment”
6. Adam McKeown, “Movement”
7. Kaoru Sugihara, “The Economy since 1800”
Part III: Knowledges
8. Bronwen Douglas, “Religion”
9. Lisa Ford, “Law”
10. Sujit Sivasundaram, “Science”
Part IV: Identities
11. James Belich, “Race”
12. Patricia O’Brien, “Gender”
13. Robert Aldrich, “Politics”
Provides outreach & education
PACIFIC HISTORIES: OCEAN, LAND, PEOPLE
Early Hominins &
1.6mya - 28tya
3,500ya - 2800ya
Reef Santa Cruz
1. What is Anthropology doing in
2. Time Depth &
Diversity & Danger
What drove Lapita?
Increased sailing technology &
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Rich virgin resources
3,500 - 2900ya
Austronesian - Lapita
Separation of Mammals
Hominins in the Pacific
Line of sight
Oldest in Pacific
Not "genetically" related
Most dispersed protolanguage
270 million speakers
6,ooo year history
Easter Island's Rongorongo:
A written language?
Saving Yanyuwan language
Even small scale societies can have major impacts!
Moa & Haast
the commons &
the rising of sea levels
Conservation: Reserves, Coral Gardening, and
Message in the waves
The world in the Pacific...
Marquesan Art Festival
Mt. Hagen Sing Sing
Kaimuki High School Ohana O Mele
Waka Tapu in
4. Participants & Witnesses to
Environmental Change & Hope
These sites make
Aborigines the world's
most continuous culture
The Pacific in the world