Student Author(s)

Joy Gregson, Hope College

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. David Keep, Music; Dr. Rodrigo Serrao, Sociology & Social Work; Rebecca VanDeWalker, Music; Dr. Christopher Fashun, Music

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Music plays a vital role in the functioning of culture and society, especially for non-literate cultures in the Pacific. Research shows that there were many different traditions of song, chant, and dance throughout Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia before Europeans colonized the islands. This colonization led to a shift in traditional music and life partly because of acculturation and partly because of church censorship. Now, indigenous Islanders are reclaiming parts of their lost identity through traditional language and music, calling for policy change in their contemporary forms of music, and passing on their knowledge by educating the next generation.


Title on poster differs from abstract booklet. Poster title: Music, Colonization, and Self-Determination in the Pacific

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