Prof. Monica LaBriola
Wednesday, April 3, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
“Replanting Likiep: Exploring the Genealogy of a 19th-Century Land Sale in the Marshall Islands”
History Dept. Seminar Room
Sakamaki Hall A201
This presentation considers the context underlying a decision by a Marshallese irooj (chief) to sell Likiep Atoll to a Portuguese copra trader in 1877. Factors include the physical condition of the land; chiefly rivalries and desires to augment economic, political, and cultural capital; foreign violence and blackbirding; epidemic disease; genealogical connections; and the Marshallese convention of adapting land tenure to meet tangible circumstances. The presentation also reflects on how indigenous and colonial power and gender dynamics led to diverse, and sometimes conflicting, interpretations and experiences of the sale and its aftermath.
Monica LaBriola is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu.