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By Susan Y. Najita

In Decolonizing Cultures within the Pacific, Susan Y. Najita proposes that the worrying heritage of touch and colonization has turn into an important skill in which indigenous peoples of Oceania are reclaiming their cultures, languages, methods of figuring out, and political independence. particularly, she examines how modern writers from Hawai‘i, Samoa, and Aotearoa/New Zealand take note, re-tell, and installation this violent background of their paintings. As Pacific peoples negotiate their paths in the direction of sovereignty and chart their postcolonial futures, those writers play a useful position in invoking and commenting upon many of the makes use of of the histories of colonial resistance, permitting themselves and their readers to visualize new futures via exorcising the previous. Decolonizing Cultures within the Pacific is a worthy addition to the fields of Pacific and Postcolonial experiences and likewise contributes to struggles for cultural decolonization in Oceania: modern writers’ severe engagement with colonialism and indigenous tradition, Najita argues, offers a strong instrument for navigating a decolonized destiny.

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These are not the stories of national mourning but rather ongoing political work. They are imagining the future by exorcizing the past. S. imperialism is the tension between genealogical and racial definitions of Hawaiian-ness. HaunaniKay Trask argues for a notion of Hawaiian based upon genealogical claims as the first people of Hawai‘i: “It is the insistence that our Native people have a claim to nationhood on Hawaiian soil that generates the ignorant and ill-intentioned response that Hawaiian nationalists are racists.

These writers and cultural practitioners are crucial figures in the recent “renaissance” of indigenous and islander culture that coincided with movements for decolonization. For example, Albert Wendt, probably the single most influential figure in Pacific literature, emerged in the early 1970s as one of the major initiators and nurturers of the South Pacific Creative Arts Society and the journal Mana. Keri Hulme, perhaps the Maori writer with the widest international readership, is a major contributor to the Pacific literary scene.

The belated response that marks trauma includes a range of psychological effects: repeated and intrusive hallucinations, dreams stemming from the event as well as psychic numbing. Trauma also produces physical responses such as uncontrollable behaviors or increased autonomic arousal to (and avoidance of) stimuli recalling the event (Caruth 1995: 4). However, because the experience may not be equally catastrophic to all, trauma cannot be defined either solely by the event itself or by the personal significance a person attaches to it.

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