This is a Cultural/Literary Studies project. Its purpose is to tie together common elements/themes/characters in mythologies from Oceania (Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia). One or two creation stories from each region will be laid out by the project manager to show common elements/themes/characters. Then students will be encouraged to point out elements, themes, and/or characters that seem to connect.
This project will create a community of shared and increased understanding among students and other interested parties. By participating, they celebrate both their distinctiveness and their universality. They also gain more knowledge on oral traditions relevant to Hawaii and other Pacific islands.
We are the Sea
Oceania is vast, Oceania is expanding,
Oceania is hospitable and generous,
Oceania is humanity rising from the
depths of brine and regions of fire
deeper still, Oceania is us.
We are the sea, we are the ocean,
We must wake up to this ancient truth...
- Epeli Hau'ofa