Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 3-30-2016


This paper discusses how Kodi make their worlds cognitively as well as experientially, and how these worlds relate to sustainability and wellbeing. Kodi construct their cognitive worlds as well as their biophysical landscapes whilst interacting with many other species. This presentation focuses on human-polychaete interactions in order to illustrate world making processes. Seaworm traditions have deep historical roots in Austronesian societies and continue to be crucial for the wellbeing of contemporary communities. World-making processes are evident in what Kodi people say about seaworms and how they move through space relative to seaworms. While Kodi construct time they simultaneously construct space around seaworms and the many associated entities and processes. Kodi people have done and continue to do difficult intellectual work of translating knowledge gained from sensing, perceiving, observing, and experiencing their worlds into their space-time culture, and this is reflected in the ecology of their homelands.


Written by Cynthia Fowler (Wofford College) and Presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting on March 30, 2016

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