Seminar: Austronesian Navigation and Belief Networks: Shared Heritage Meaningful in Our Daily Life


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When: Feb 10 2016 - 12:00pm until Feb 10 2016 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012, East-West Cemer

Where are we, and why? My anthropology is about us, and what is meaningful. I embarked on a way of living through cross-cultural awareness since an early age. The Experiment in International Living, School of International Training, Vermont, introduced me to Sri Lanka. My destiny was to study in Southern Asia where I learned about island people and their beliefs. While there I became aware of seaward navigators sailing the Indian Ocean to the Pacific and to the Hawaiian islands.

Yet, I did not know this would bring me here today.

The legacy of “Hawa” is an integral part of the Oceanic heritage as tree bark is to making tapa cloth. Original migrations sprang from the westward continent and islands with the invention of navigation techniques and returnable routes to mix with a myriad of people in one ocean. Frequent visitations of seafarers to distant places became integrated in song and lore.

In terms of comprehending Monsoon Asia and Pacific early history, languages and cultures, aesthetic systems and beliefs, I have conducted spatiotemporal research employing multimedia and geographic information systems (GIS). What I have found is networks of shared heritage meaningful in our daily life. This is why I am here.

David Blundell from Santa Monica, California, as a child traveled the world with his Sierra Club parents, hiking and camping. At 22 he received a scholarship for ethnological research in Sri Lanka and there he attended the University of Peradeniya for Sinhala and Buddhist studies. This prepared him for a doctorate in anthropology from the University of California based on the life histories of Buddhist practitioners making their own ethnographic films in Sri Lanka. Prof Blundell teaches at National Chengchi University, Taipei. He conducts anthropology and linguistic research with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI), University of California, Berkeley.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Laura Moriyama
Phone: 808-944-7444