The People Who Face with Their Ancestral Land

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  • 土地と向き合う人々
  • 土地と向き合う人々 : ソロモン諸島マライタ島北部における森林伐採の展開と土地-自己知識の真理性について
  • トチ ト ムキアウ ヒトビト : ソロモン ショトウ マライタトウ ホクブ ニ オケル シンリン バッサイ ノ テンカイ ト トチ-ジコ チシキ ノ シンリセイ ニ ツイテ
  • Commercial Logging and Indigenous Quest for True Knowledge on Land and Self in West Fataleka, Solomon Islands
  • ソロモン諸島マライタ島北部における森林伐採の展開と土地-自己知識の真理性について

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<p> In the West Fataleka area located in the northern part of Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands, commercial logging activity driven by economic growth in Asian countries is spreading. This phenomenon has also been promoted by indigenous people's interest in claiming their ancestral land. However, it is difficult to identify true ownership of the land due to inconsistency in historical memories.</p> <p> This paper primarily focuses on the indigenous people's quest for true knowledge about their ancestral land. The keystone is the "unintelligibility" of land. As Fataleka people experience their self-knowledge as magically connected to their ancestral land, what is considered true (mamana) is contingent on the state of the land. This is congruent with the anthropological discussions on Pacific mana, whose existence was retrospectively abducted.</p> <p> Finally, this paper argues that the equivocal nature of truth is a basal condition for everyone who faces difficulties with claiming their ancestral land and thus provides an insight into rebuilding our theory on Melanesian land issues.</p>

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