5th Marianas History Conference Day 1 - 3

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Places Without Names and Names Without Places?

On the Blank Maps of the Gani-Islands

By Dr. Thomas Stolz, Nataliya Levkovych, and Ingo H. Warnke

University of Bremen, FB10: Linguistics,

Universitäts-Boulevard 13, D-28 359 Bremen/Germany

Abstract: This talk raises the issue of the unexpectedly absent place names on the extant maps of the Gani Islands in the Northern Marianas. It is known that at different times during the last 360 years of documentation these islands have been inhabited on and off and that their present desertion is of recent origin. This gives rise to the question why there are hardly any toponomastic pieces of evidence for the previous human presence on the islands. It is argued that a number of place names – colonial or other – have not made it onto the official maps although they are mentioned unsystematically in documents referring to the Mariana Islands. Therefore, the conclusions sketch a future project dedicated to recovering the supposedly forgotten place names and make them visible in a revised atlas of the islands under review.

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Articles inside

The History of Understanding Whales in our Waters

1min
pages 105-113

Sea-Lanes of Antiquity

1min
pages 75-101

Valuing our Ancestral Knowledge in the Seafaring System

1min
pages 65-72

Places Without Names and Names Without Places?

1min
pages 33-62

Solidarity Foods

1min
pages 9-14

The Dawn of America’s Pacific Empire

1min
pages 279-310

Jesuit Presence in the Mariana Islands

1min
pages 211-246

Fortifications as Geometric Machines

1min
pages 181-210

Marianas on Display

1min
pages 249-278

Governor Jose Ganga Herrero

1min
pages 247-248

Manila Galleon Shipwrecks

1min
pages 179-180

Reporting on the Marianas and Their Inhabitants in Early 18th-century Germany

1min
pages 171-178

The Chamorro Village of Guam after Resettlement

1min
pages 143-170

If Magellan had Balutan

1min
pages 115-142

Fatto Famalao’an

1min
pages 15-16

Pakaka i Pachot-mu! CHamoru Yu’!

1min
pages 17-18

Pacific Ocean: A 500 Year-old Word

1min
pages 21-32

Interpreting an Authentic Chamorro Sakman from the Historic Record

1min
pages 73-74

Exploring Latte in the Marianas

1min
pages 63-64

Of Songs of Birds and Whales, How Much Must We Lose?

1min
pages 103-104
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