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Cultures of Oceania

Anth 200 B
Spring 1997

Instructor: Craig Severance
Anthropology
University of Hawai’i at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Phone: (808) 974-7472
Email:
sevc@hawaii.edu

Course Goals:

1. To examine the variety of Pacific Island Cultures and their adaptations to island environments and to each other;
2. To establish a cultural baseline for understanding the contemporary Pacific and the ways in which cultural backgrounds and identity influence the region;
3. To briefly examine their culture history;
4. To appreciate insider literature;
5. To understand sources of Pacific Islander cultural identity and pride;

Note: This course is the basic introductory required course for the Pacific Islands Studies Certificate and an elective for other programs.

Note: UHH will provide access or other reasonable assistance for students with recognized disabilities. If you have a disability and need an accommodation please see me or Barbara Lee in Student Services as early in the Semester as possible.

Texts: Talu et al, - KIRIBATI, A CHANGING ATOLL CULTURE
O'Meara - SAMOAN PLANTERS
Weiner - TROBRIANDERS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Periodical & other readings assigned & on reserve

Evaluation:    
  Map Exercise 10%
  Interview Sketch 10%
  Paper (conference req.) 30%
  2 Quizzes 20%
  Final Exam 30%

Tentative topic Outline: Adjustable to class interests

Week 1 Jan 13-17 Background: Insularity and Island Resources,
Thomas reading
Week 2 Jan 22 and 24 The subsistence base, trade, and exchange
Begin O’Meara
Week 3 Jan 27-31 Voyaging and settlement
Week 4 Feb 3-7 Pacific prehistory
Week 5 Feb 10-14 Regional differences in social ranking.
Chiefs and non-Chiefs?
Week 6 Feb 19 and 21 Colonial impacts and cultural continuities
Week 7 Feb 24-28 Carolinian social organization
Finish O’Meara
Week 8 Mar 3-7 The Chuuk-Pohnpei contrast: redistribution and reciprocity
Begin Weiner
Week 9 Mar 10-14 Melanesian exchange systems
The Highlands
Week 10 Mar 17-21 Traditional warfare and population
Pigs and people
Week 11 Mar 31-Apr 4 The Kula, Siassi traders
Finish Weiner, begin Talu
Week 12 Apr 7-11 Polynesian Social Organization
Respect and reciprocity (review O’Meara)
Week 13 Apr 14-18 Authority and power
Week 14 Apr 21-25 Movement and exchange
Week 15 Apr 28-May 2 Regional elites
Hau'ofa reading - "Sea of Islands"
Week 16 May 5-9 Cultural identity and continuity

Final Exam: Mon. May. 12, 9:40

[Subject: Anthropology; Pacific/Comparative]

 



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