chapter  5
Indigenous Oceanic Futures
Challenging Settler Colonialisms and Militarization
ByNoelani Goodyear-Ka‘o̱pua
Pages 21

I explore decolonial future-making practices from the context of Oceania, a region rich with Indigenous traditions of navigating complex currents and with violent colonial histories of militarization. I map three major streams in futures-oriented Indigenous studies: futurity, futurisms and resurgence. Our purposeful movement toward decolonial futures must attend to both directionality and positionality at collective and individual levels. I draw upon Vicente Diaz’s theorizing from the Native Carolinian navigational practice of etak, which orients travelers by triangulating points of departure, desired destinations and other bodies on the move. Given the fundamental ways that imperialism and white supremacy have relied upon militarization in Oceania, decolonizing and Indigenous education must consider demilitarization as an important element of our collective directionality.