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Drawing on North American Haida artist Bill Reil’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, Aotearoa/New Zealand poet Robert Sullivan’s Star Waka, and Pangso no Tau writer Syaman Rapongan’s Eyes of the Sky as anchor texts, this chapter demonstrates how Indigenous cultural production from the Pacific decontinentalizes American studies through the powerful metaphor of the canoe navigating across the “pathway” of the sea. All three poets/artists evidence multiple kinds of Pacific connection and commonality, as multiple kinds of Indigenous canoes travel across the Pacific. Nonhuman beings such as whales, flying fish, and amphibians, and artistic objects such as canoes literally...

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