By Katerina Martina Teaiwa
Consuming Ocean Island tells the tale of the land and other people of Banaba, a small Pacific island, which, from 1900 to 1980, used to be seriously mined for phosphate, an important component in fertilizer. As mining stripped away the island's floor, the land was once rendered uninhabitable, and the indigenous Banabans have been relocated to Rabi Island in Fiji. Katerina Martina Teaiwa tells the tale of this human and ecological calamity by means of weaving jointly thoughts, files, and pictures from displaced islanders, colonial directors, and staff of the mining corporation. Her compelling narrative reminds us of what's at stake at any time when the pursuits of business agriculture and indigenous minorities come into clash. The Banaban event deals perception into the plight of alternative island peoples dealing with compelled migration because of human influence at the environment.
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