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Working with the Ancestors

Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands

Throughout the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, forest spirits share space with ancestral ruins and active agricultural plots, affecting land use and heritage preservation. As Marquesans continue their efforts to establish UNESCO World Heritage status, they grapple with questions about when sites should be preserved intact, when neglect is an appropriate option, and when deterioration resulting from local livelihoods should be accepted.

In Working with the Ancestors Emily Donaldson considers how Marquesan perceptions of heritage and mana, or sacred power, have influenced the use of land in the islands and how both cultural and environmental sustainability can be achieved. The Marquesas' relative geographical isolation and ecological richness are the backdrop for the confluence of international heritage preservation and sustainability efforts that affect both resources and Indigenous peoples. Donaldson demonstrates how anthropological concepts of embodiment, alienation, place, and power can inform global resource management, offering a new approach that integrates analyses of policy, practice, and heritage.

About the Authors

Emily C. Donaldson is adjunct faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont.

Reviews

"This book details how international resource management perspectives conflict with local values: 'the question of how to manage and preserve Marquesan heritage tangles intimately with how to ensure sustainable local livelihoods, now and into the future.' Well-researched, this book commendably documents multiple Marquesan viewpoints. It recommends limiting heritage tourism in favor of agricultural use and advocates incorporating indigenous concerns."—Choice

"This study...lies at the intersection of various topics and approaches in social anthropology, history and heritage studies and offers an insightful perspective on the case of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia...[B]oth timely and necessary."—Journal of Pacific History

Endorsements

"Describes the complexities of designating a working cultural landscape as a World Heritage site. . . . Offers insights and ethnographic substance of real significance within global debates on heritage."—Chris Ballard, coeditor of Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race, 17501940

"Explores the relationship between the Marquesan people and their land, particularly the sites considered sacred (tapu), and interrogates the different understandings of the word 'heritage.'"—Carol Ivory, editor of Mata Hoata: Arts et société aux iles Marquises

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