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Pacific nuclear stories put in perspective the perceived novelty of the threat of increased deaths and diseases in a warming climate, as Oceanians have already experienced the spread of nuclear-induced diseases affecting the living and their descendants for generations. Analyzing paintings and stories by Bobby Holcomb, André Marere, Cronos, THS!, Alexandre Moeava Ata, and Albert Wendt, this chapter explores how antinuclear artists and writers from Tahiti and Samoa have addressed this plague. These artists stand out for their choice to talk about death and diseases by turning to humor, parody, and caricature. Drawing from traditional forms of Indigenous humor such as Ari'oi theater in Tahiti and fale aitu in Samoa, these artists perpetuate the ancestral tradition to ridicule the deadly power of the ruling class, thereby suggesting the decolonial potential of traditional clowning in the face of the apocalypse.

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