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Performative Ecology in Micronesia with Brian Diettrich
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In this episode, we discuss performative ecology with Brian Dietrich, whose article, “’Summoning Breadfruit’ and ‘Opening Seas:' Toward a Performative Ecology in Oceania” was published in the Winter 2018 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Diettrich explores the concept of performative ecology in his discussion of ótoomey (summoning breadfruit) and ocean wayfinding and voyaging songs in the islands of Chuuk. Through his study of both historical and present-day musical performances in Chuuk, Diettrich explains how knowledge about social, spiritual, and environmental connectivity is bound up in musical performances.

 

 

Brian Diettrich is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Victoria University of Wellington. His research and scholarship is based on the music cultures of the Federated States of Micronesia and Micronesian migrant communities residing in Hawaii. Brian’s article “’Summoning Breadfruit’ and ‘Opening Seas’: Toward a Performative Ecology in Oceania,” was published in the Winter 2018 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology.

 


 

Brian would like to express gratitude for the generosity of knowledge shared by his collaborators in Chuuk, especially Rewi, John Sandy, Elias Sandy, Joakim Peter, and many others.

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