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Indigenous Institutions and Their Role in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: Evidence from the 2009 Tsunami in American Samoa Ecology and Society
Rumbach, Andrew; University of Colorado Denver; andrew.rumbach@ucdenver.edu; Foley, Dolores; University of Hawaii, Manoa;.
Indigineity has emerged as an important area of focus for research and policy making on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience. Most research on indigeneity and DRR centers on indigenous knowledge and its integration with western scientific understandings of hazards and risk. Through a detailed case study of the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa, we argue that indigenous institutions also play a critical role in disaster risk reduction and resilience. Based on original data from semistructured interviews, village planning meetings, and focus group discussions, we describe how the indigenous institutions of fa’a Samoa, or the culture of Samoa, operated in a time of crisis by: (1) structuring emergency decision making and authority; (2)...
Tipo: Peer-Reviewed Reports Palavras-chave: American Samoa; Disaster management; Disaster risk reduction; Indigenous knowledge; Institutions; Resilience; Tsunami.
Ano: 2014
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