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Sharks upon the Land

Colonialism, Indigenous Health, and Culture in Hawai'i, 1778-1855

Sharks upon the Land

Historian Seth Archer traces the cultural impact of disease and health problems in the Hawaiian Islands from the arrival of Europeans to 1855. Les mer
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Sharks upon the Land

Historian Seth Archer traces the cultural impact of disease and health problems in the Hawaiian Islands from the arrival of Europeans to 1855. Colonialism in Hawai'i began with epidemiological incursions, and Archer argues that health remained the national crisis of the islands for more than a century. Introduced diseases resulted in reduced life spans, rising infertility and infant mortality, and persistent poor health for generations of Islanders, leaving a deep imprint on Hawaiian culture and national consciousness. Scholars have noted the role of epidemics in the depopulation of Hawai'i and broader Oceania, yet few have considered the interplay between colonialism, health, and culture - including Native religion, medicine, and gender. This study emphasizes Islanders' own ideas about, and responses to, health challenges on the local level. Ultimately, Hawai'i provides a case study for health and culture change among Indigenous populations across the Americas and the Pacific.

List of figures; List of tables and appendices; Acknowledgments; Note 1: language and terminology; Introduction; Part I. Encounters: 1. Pox Hawaiiana; 2. Sex and conquest; Part II. Revolutions: 3. The dark ocean; 4. Throwing away the Gods; Part III. Accommodations: 5. Great fatalism; 6. The wasting hand; Conclusion; Appendix A: terms for venereal disease; Appendix B: population; Appendix C: glossary; Appendix D: selected persons; Bibliography; Index.

A study of colonialism and indigenous health in Hawai'i, highlighting cultural change over time.

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