Sharks upon the Land: Colonialism, Indigenous Health, and Culture in Hawai'i, 1778–1855

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 2018 - History - 300 pages
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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 Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi 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, Hawaiʻi provides a case study for health and culture change among Indigenous populations across the Americas and the Pacific.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
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8
Pox Hawaiiana
19
Sex and Conquest
54
Park
68
The Dark Ocean
91
Women smoking 1819
120
Throwing Away the Gods
125
The Wasting Hand
202
Puaaiki 1847
210
Conclusion
232
Glossary
246
Bibliography
252
Index
275
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276
Copyright

Great Fatalism
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Seth Archer is Assistant Professor of History at Utah State University. From 2015 to 2017 he was the Mellon Research Fellow in American History at the University of Cambridge.