Epeli hau ofa the ocean in us

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We Are the Ocean Quotes by Epeli Hauʻofa

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Introduction: Pacific Islanders, “custodians of the ocean” facing fisheries challenges

The ocean holds significant meaning to Pacific Identity because it is what brought the ancestors to this land. Most of our modern economic activities are land based. By definition, homogeneity means to be the same. As I thought about this phrase I related it to colonisation and how almost enabled Pacific Culture to have a preset, a way of doing things that tied in with European culture. But as decolonisation began and continues to develop, this idea of homogeneity is something we are trying to break away from. Tamaki, Suzanne. Edwards, Vanessa.

We Are the Ocean is a collection of essays, fiction, and poetry by Epeli Hau ofa, whose writing over the past three decades has consistently challenged prevailing notions about Oceania and prescriptions for its development. He highlights major problems confronted by the region and suggests alternative perspectives and ways in which its people might reorganize to relate effectively to the changing world. Hau ofa s essays criss-cross Oceania, creating a navigator s star chart of discussion and debate. Spurning the arcana of the intellectual establishments where he was schooled, Hau ofa has crafted a distinctive often lyrical, at times angry voice that speaks directly to the people of the region and the general reader. He conveys his thoughts from diverse standpoints: university-based analyst, essayist, satirist and humorist, and practical catalyst for creativity. According to Hau ofa, only through creative originality in all fields of endeavor can the people of Oceania hope to strengthen their capacity to engage the forces of globalization.

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The basis for this identity is that the sea shapes the character of the planet, it is a major source of our sustenance and it is something shared by all the inhabitants. We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood Teresia Teaiwa. Most of us are part of this mobility whether personally or through the movements of our relatives.

He reasoned that since Pacific Islanders have been living in the Pacific Ocean for centuries, they have made this ocean their home using knowledge of seafaring, navigation, ship design and construction, and have developed social and cultural systems that can be used to manage the sea and its resources. Although his story is not representative of all Pacific Islanders, it highlights the necessity of bringing their perspectives into the centre of global debates about the governance of marine territories and the sustainability of marine resources. Joeli was to be educated and raised by his uncle in the village, under a type of adoption that strengthens family ties. The sea, though calm, looked immense, imposing and gave the impression that it must be respected because of the mysteries it hid. In the village, Joeli was immediately taught to swim so that he could be spared the watchful attention of the elders, who kept him under their radar until he earned his freedom by proving that he could swim and survive on the island. The multitude of traps, nets, spears, poisons and other ingenious fishing methods used by Pacific Islanders, in particular Fijians, demonstrate their deep understanding of their prey see also Veitayaki

From to he was the Deputy Private Secretary to the King of Tonga, and in early , he rejoined the University of the South Pacific as the director of the newly created Rural Development Centre based in Tonga. The divergent stance his work takes on is obviously and blatantly exemplified in the smelly, visual and sonorous explosion in the opening scene of his novel Kisses in the Nederends:. For instance, with Tales of the Tikongs, his book of short stories, he challenges positive stereotypes on his own people, seen among other things as lascivious and beautifully sensuous women, and brave and fierce warriors, by drawing a series of satirical portraits. In these, Tikongs, the inhabitants of an imaginary island, stand for Oceanians and epitomise their more salient defects. Lying could be seen as a national sport in so far as "Truth comes in portions, some large, some small, but never whole. The same reinterpretation of defects appears with the notion of laziness, which is presented as a healthy and clever way of saving energy:. Thus if the Lord works six days and rests on the Seventh, Tiko rests six days and works on the Seventh.


  1. Katy R. says:

    The Ocean in Us. Epeli Hau'ofa. We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood. TERESIA TEAIWA. In a previous essay.

  2. Utena says:

    The Ocean in us. Epeli Hau'ofa. We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood. Teresia Teaiwa. I have advanced.

  3. Gradasso L. says:

    ScholarSpace at University of Hawaii at Manoa: The Ocean in Us

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