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"Between Death and Life": Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival

"Between Death and Life": Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival "Between Death and Life" Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival Jessica A. Schwartz Q: Can you tell me about Marshallese music before the missionaries? A: I'm not sure about music before the missionaries, but I know that the women always made battle songs. --Bikinian councilman Majuro, interview by the author, 2009 n 2006 Women United Together in the Marshall Islands (WUTMI), the nongovernmental umbrella women's organization from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), released a video intended to address the pervasive domestic violence severely compromising the lives of women throughout the developing island nation.1 WUTMI translated the title of the film from Marshallese, Ekakwikwi Jinen Emmaan, to , A Call to Arms.2 The longer, . . more accurate translation, "a call to sons to become angry through jealousy and avenge the injuries that have been done to their mothers," echoes the mother1. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is comprised of twenty-nine low-lying coral atolls and five small islands. The country is located in the central Pacific Ocean approximately 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Land is scarce, and the population has been subject to colonial and imperial investors. In the mid-nineteenth century, American Protestant missionaries http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture University of Nebraska Press

"Between Death and Life": Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival

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"Between Death and Life" Mobility, War, and Marshallese Women's Songs of Survival Jessica A. Schwartz Q: Can you tell me about Marshallese music before the missionaries? A: I'm not sure about music before the missionaries, but I know that the women always made battle songs. --Bikinian councilman Majuro, interview by the author, 2009 n 2006 Women United Together in the Marshall Islands (WUTMI), the nongovernmental umbrella women's organization from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), released a video intended to address the pervasive domestic violence severely compromising the lives of women throughout the developing island nation.1 WUTMI translated the title of the film from Marshallese, Ekakwikwi Jinen Emmaan, to , A Call to Arms.2 The longer, . . more accurate translation, "a call to sons to become angry through jealousy and avenge the injuries that have been done to their mothers," echoes the mother1. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is comprised of twenty-nine low-lying coral atolls and five small islands. The country is located in the central Pacific Ocean approximately 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Land is scarce, and the population has been subject to colonial and imperial investors. In the mid-nineteenth century, American Protestant missionaries

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Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Nov 9, 2012

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