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Karin Amimoto Ingersoll

Seascape Epistemology: An Embodied Knowledge

ABSTRACT This chapter explores how the ocean becomes both a meta­phorical and physical body through which we can reimagine conceptions of our selves and our relationships with the surrounding world. The seascape can be expanded into a methodology about the movement of bodies, knowledges, and ways of being-in-the world. This way of knowing and being is termed a seascape epistemology, an approach to knowing presumed on a knowledge of the sea, which tells one how to move through the sea, and how to approach life and knowing through the movements of the world. The Native Hawaiian ocean-based knowledges (or oceanic literacies) of surfing and navigation are used to illustrate how embrac­ing a seascape epistemology creates a counter politics to the dominant thought-worlds that impose rigid systems upon our identities, spaces, and places.

KEYWORDS epistemology, Native Hawaiian, navigation, seascape, surfing