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The World and All the Things upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration Paperback – June 1, 2016
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"In The World and All the Things upon It, David A. Chang places Hawai‘i, both literally and figuratively, at the center of the world. His fascinating explorations of Kanaka Maoli histories throughout the nineteenth-century Pacific puts Hawaiian studies in powerful conversation with some of the most exciting and rapidly changing fields of historical inquiry across this vast region."—Coll Thrush, author of Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire
"David A. Chang's research and analysis is fresh and makes an outstanding and vital contribution to our knowledge. The World and All the Things upon It is a work of aloha ‘aina, love of the land and our native people."—Noenoe Silva, University of Hawai‘i
"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
About the Author
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.
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0816699429
- ISBN-13 : 978-0816699421
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1st Edition (June 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Central to the work as a whole and is the direct insertion of the Ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) throughout the main body of the text. In the introduction, Chang explains this as a part of his methodology. The Hawaiian-language original is intentionally given before that of the English translation to act as an interrupter, “to jar the reader from too easily assuming that she or he understands people and perspectives from the Hawaiian past” and to remind scholars that using Hawaiin-language sources are critical for best understanding a period where this language was dominant on the pae ʻāina Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian archipelago).
I won't go too much into the main claims Chang makes, but just know that this is a worthwhile read.
Hawaii from a Hawaiian perspective. A great service. A labor of love with wider applications.