The Burning Island: Myth and History of the Hawaiian Volcano Country

The Burning Island Myth and History of the Hawaiian Volcano Country Westerners from early missionaries to explorers to present day artists scientists and tourists have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing Native Hawaiians in contrast revere volcanoes

  • Title: The Burning Island: Myth and History of the Hawaiian Volcano Country
  • Author: Pamela Frierson
  • ISBN: 9781595341358
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Westerners from early missionaries to explorers to present day artists, scientists, and tourists have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcanoes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volcano goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos Volcanoes hold a special place in our curiWesterners from early missionaries to explorers to present day artists, scientists, and tourists have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcanoes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volcano goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos Volcanoes hold a special place in our curiosity about nature.The Burning Island is an intimate, multilayered portrait of the Hawaiian volcano region a land marked by a precarious tension between the harsh reality of constant geologic change, respect for mythological traditions, and the pressures of economic exploitation Pamela Frierson treks up Mauna Loa, the world s largest active volcano, and Kilauea to explore how volcanoes work, as well as how their powerful and destructive forces reshape land, cultures, and history Her adventures reveal surprising archeological ruins, threatened rainforest ecosystems, and questionable real estate development of the islands Now a classic of nature writing, Frierson s narrative sets the stage for a larger exploration of our need to take great care in respecting and preserving nature and tradition while balancing our ever expanding sense of discovery and use of the land.

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    1. I read this for research. I hoped for heavier emphasis on the mythological aspect, especially on Pele, but even so I found it to be a very intelligent, enlightening read. Frierson is not a native Hawaiian but was raised on the islands. She approaches the material with immense respect for native Hawaiians and a blunt assessment of the biases and damage done by missionaries and western encroachment. Her chapters on more modern issues are just as frank as she discusses modern developments near volc [...]

    2. It's hard to know how to describe this book, other than "nature writing". Frierson draws on her own experience staying on the volcano, volcanology and geology, Hawaiian traditions and tales and interviews with locals to write about the Big Island, and the intersection between humanity and volcanoes.Reading this on the Big Island, while hot lave inched ever closer to a town in the Eastern rift zone, was quitte an experience. The heady mix of local planning policy, science and ecology, class and r [...]

    3. I started reading this before my 2-week trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and finished reading it when I got back. It was wonderful to be somewhat prepared for the geography and ecology of the place so I was primed to have a greater appreciation of places like Volcano National Park and Mauna Kea. After the trip I reveled in the lyrical descriptions of things and places I had seen, knowing exactly what the author was referencing. Yes, I too know the Ohia rainforests and tree ferns and the smoking [...]

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