Accepted Paper:

The survival of cultural traditions in Micronesia  

Author:

Ethel Vesper (Univ. of Phoenix )

Paper short abstract:

Micronesia is composed of many individual island cultures. Each island culture is concerned about identifying ways for their cultural traditions to survive pressures coming from the introduction of new technologies.

Paper long abstract:

Micronesia is composed of many individual island cultures. Although each island is considered unique from a cultural perspective, these non-industrial cultures share a common link. They are all concerned about identifying and implementing ways for their cultural traditions to survive the internal and external pressures coming from the development and introduction of new technologies. These technologies can provide a disruption to the balance between nature and society. This paper examines the issues related to survival by presenting data collected from several Micronesian islands. An analysis of the past and present situation involving the major issues threatening the survival of the island's cultural traditions will be discussed. The present study also seeks answers to the question of who really owns the responsibility of saving the cultural traditions of these island cultures. What roles in this process should professionals in the fields of cultural anthropology and sociology play in preserving the cultural traditions of indigenous cultures?

Panel P036
Indigenous knowledge and sustainable development (Commission on Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development)