“When earth and sky almost meet”: The Conflict between Traditional Knowledge and Modernity in Polynesian Navigation by Luke Strongman

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This paper provides an account of the differing ontologies of Polynesian and European navigation techniques in the Pacific. The subject of conflict between traditional knowledge and modernity is examined from nine points of view: The cultural problematics of textual representation, historical differences between European and Polynesian navigation; voyages of re-discovery and re-creation: Lewis and Finney; How the Polynesians navigated in the Pacific; a European history of Polynesian navigation accounts from early encounters; “Earth and Sky almost meet”: Polynesian literary views of recovered knowledge; lost knowledge in cultural exchanges – the parallax view; contemporary views and lost complexities.

 

Volume 3 Number 2

  1. Caching, Money, Magic, Derivatives, Mana and Modern Finance
  2. “When earth and sky almost meet”: The conflict between traditional knowledge and modernity in Polynesian navigation
  3. The Archaeological Chess Set
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