The World And All The Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies Of Exploration by David A. ChangThe World And All The Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies Of Exploration by David A. Chang

The World And All The Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies Of Exploration

byDavid A. Chang

Paperback | June 1, 2016

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What if we saw indigenous people as the active agents of global exploration rather than as the passive objects of that exploration? What if, instead of conceiving of global exploration as an enterprise just of European men such as Columbus or Cook or Magellan, we thought of it as an enterprise of the people they “discovered”? What could such a new perspective reveal about geographical understanding and its place in struggles over power in the context of colonialism?

The World and All the Things upon It addresses these questions by tracing how Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian people) explored the outside world and generated their own understandings of it in the century after James Cook’s arrival in 1778. Writing with verve, David A. Chang draws on the compelling words of long-ignored Hawaiian-language sources—stories, songs, chants, and political prose—to demonstrate how Native Hawaiian people worked to influence their metaphorical “place in the world.” We meet, for example, Ka?iana, a Hawaiian chief who took an English captain as his lover and, while sailing throughout the Pacific, considered how Chinese, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans might shape relations with Westerners to their own advantage. Chang’s book is unique in examining travel, sexuality, spirituality, print culture, gender, labor, education, and race to shed light on how constructions of global geography became a site through which Hawaiians, as well as their would-be colonizers, perceived and contested imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism.

Rarely have historians asked how non-Western people imagined and even forged their own geographies of their colonizers and the broader world. This book takes up that task. It emphasizes, moreover, that there is no better way to understand the process and meaning of global exploration than by looking out from the shores of a place, such as Hawai?i, that was allegedly the object, and not the agent, of exploration.

David A. Chang (Native Hawaiian) is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Land Ownership in Oklahoma, 1832–1929.
Title:The World And All The Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies Of ExplorationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816699429

ISBN - 13:9780816699421


Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Native Hawaiian Global Geographies
1. Looking Out from Hawaiʻiʻs Shore: The Exploration of the World is the Inheritance of Native Hawaiians
2. Paddling Out to See: Direct Exploration by Kānaka in the Late Eighteenth Century
3. A New Religion from Kahiki: Christianity, Textuality, and Exploration, 1820–1832
4. The World and All the Things upon It: Geography Education and Textbooks in Hawaiʻi, 1831–1878
5. Hawaiian Indians and Black Kanakas: Racial Trajectories of Diasporic Kanaka Laborers
6. Bone of Our Bone: The Geography of Sacred Power, 1850s–1870s
7. “We Will Be Comparable to the Indian Peoples”: Recognizing Likeness between Kānaka and American Indians, 1832–1895
Epilogue. Genealogies of the Present in Occupied Hawaiʻi

Editorial Reviews

"Chang not only provides a voice to the history of the Hawaiian people, he also enriches the understanding of world history and global exploration by revealing ways that local peoples globalized their own world. Highly recommended."—CHOICE"Chang’s work adds to the growing studies of indigenous geographies and to the fields of Hawaiian history and world history, challenging readers to rethink global encounters by centering such encounters on the perspectives and systems of knowledge of Kanaka Maoli."—Journal of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) "Chang makes arguments that are supported by strong research. Chang identifies his book as belonging to part of a larger group of scholars like Noenoe Silva who are pushing against the traditional colonial versions of history that focus on the colonizer." —Pacific Historical Review