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Title Island rivers : fresh water and place in Oceania / edited by John R. Wagner and Jerry K. Jacka.

Imprint Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2018.


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 250 pages).
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Asia-Pacific environment monograph 13
Asia-Pacific environment monograph ; 13.
Contents ch. 1. Introduction: River as Ethnographic Subject / John R. Wagner, Jerry K. Jacka, Edvard Hviding, Alexander Mawyer and Marama Muru-Lanning -- ch. 2. The River, the Water and the Crocodile in Marovo Lagoon / Edvard Hviding -- ch. 3. A Source of Power, Disquiet and Biblical Purport: The Jordan River in Santo, Vanuatu / Carlos Mondragon -- ch. 4. Unflowing Pasts, Lost Springs and Watery Mysteries in Eastern Polynesia / Alexander Mawyer -- ch. 5. Riverine Disposal of Mining Wastes in Porgera: Capitalist Resource Development and Metabolic Rifts in Papua New Guinea / Jerry K. Jacka -- ch. 6. 'At Every Bend a Chief, At Every Bend a Chief, Waikato of One Hundred Chiefs': Mapping the Socio-Political Life of the Waikato River / Marama Muru-Lanning -- ch. 7. Waters of Destruction: Mythical Creatures, Boiling Pots and Tourist Encounters at Wailuku River in Hilo, Hawai'i / Eilin Holtan Torgersen -- ch. 8. The Sepik River, Papua New Guinea: Nourishing Tradition and Modern Catastrophe / Eric K. Silverman -- ch. 9. Rivers of Memory and Forgetting / John R. Wagner.
System Details E-Book access via Internet. AuU
Note This edition 2018 ANU Press. This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at,
Summary "Anthropologists have written a great deal about the coastal adaptations and seafaring traditions of Pacific Islanders, but have had much less to say about the significance of rivers for Pacific island culture, livelihood and identity. The authors of this collection seek to fill that gap in the ethnographic record by drawing attention to the deep historical attachments of island communities to rivers, and the ways in which those attachments are changing in response to various forms of economic development and social change. In addition to making a unique contribution to Pacific island ethnography, the authors of this volume speak to a global set of issues of immense importance to a world in which water scarcity, conflict, pollution and the degradation of riparian environments afflict growing numbers of people. Several authors take a political ecology approach to their topic, but the emphasis here is less on hydro-politics than on the cultural meaning of rivers to the communities we describe. How has the cultural significance of rivers shifted as a result of colonisation, development and nation-building? How do people whose identities are fundamentally rooted in their relationship to a particular river renegotiate that relationship when the river is dammed to generate hydro-power or polluted by mining activities? How do blockages in the flow of rivers and underground springs interrupt the intergenerational transmission of local ecological knowledge and hence the ability of local communities to construct collective identities rooted in a sense of place?"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note This edition 2018 ANU Press. This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at,
Subject Rivers -- Oceania -- Ethnology.
Rivers -- Oceania.
Rivers -- Folklore.
Maritime anthropology -- Oceania.
Water -- Religious aspects.
Crocodiles -- Folklore.
Crocodiles. (OCoLC)fst00883860
Maritime anthropology. (OCoLC)fst01010101
Rivers. (OCoLC)fst01098312
Water -- Religious aspects. (OCoLC)fst01171487
Oceania. (OCoLC)fst01242982
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Folklore. (OCoLC)fst01423784
Electronic books.
Added Author Wagner, John Richard.
Jacka, Jerry K., 1966-
Australian National University Press.
Other Form: Print version: Island rivers. Acton, ACT : ANU Press, 2018 (DLC) 2018404066
ISBN 9781760462178 (electronic bk.)
1760462179 (electronic bk.)
9781760462161 (print)
1760462160 (print)

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