• boundaries;
  • colonialism;
  • community;
  • emptiness;
  • islands;
  • memory;
  • navigation;
  • Pacific Ocean;
  • performance;
  • possession;
  • seascape.

ABSTRACT. Narratives concerning Pacific Ocean territories are often historically derived from European and American mainland visions of great, empty oceans dotted with deserted and uninhabited islands. However, research by indigenous and outlander scholars, along with struggles for political and cultural autonomy in the Pacific, has brought attention to vital island communities and 6has raised questions about a Pacific-island way of understanding the world. This understanding is traced through scholarly and artistic engagements with history, island-community studies, and navigational philosophies and is framed by a growing theoretical literature on epistemologies of place from the disciplines of geography and oceanography.