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date: 15 July 2019

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The Marshallese Educational Initiative has focused on intercultural pedagogy and outreach with projects such as the Marshallese Oral History Project and Digital Music Archive (MOHP), Nuclear Remembrance Day, and collaborative work with Marshallese college student members of the Ṃanit Club (Culture Club) that emphasize creative “pathways of connection” within their complex diaspora. The throat, in Marshallese sensorial approach, is the metaphorical seat of the emotions that prompts a feelingful care for others, human and nonhuman. Western acculturated individuals might say that they are “of the same heart or mind” if they feel a certain kindred spirit to someone or our community, but Marshallese have an ideal of being of “one throat” (burō wōt juon). Marshallese prize the throat and its resonance in voice as both timbre and a sonorous mediator of their language that vivifies relations of land and lineage, which are connected to their shared cosmological heritage. Contributing to collaborative studies that focus on music in participatory research, the authors work with students to assess the ways in which listening practices can be oriented to Marshallese voices as they sound the challenges of everyday life in a diaspora compelled and sanctioned by centuries of colonial and imperial interventions. Taking aspects of Marshallese intergenerational knowledge transmission into consideration, the chapter shares how the students, as well as nuclear survivors, participate in the voice challenge by stressing their voices as impacted by historical and cultural conditions that necessitate and afford particular vocal emergences.

Keywords: colonialism, intercultural pedagogy, indigenous epistemology, intergenerational knowledge, Marshallese diaspora, nuclear survivors, voice, “one throat,” burō wōt juon

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