ecology and environment
This paper employs a decolonizing methodology based on landscape assemblage theory to “think-with-the-mangrove” in Utila, Honduras, a small island known globally for dive tourism, conservation volunteering, and lifestyle migration. Rhizomatic thought reflects the essence of the Caribbean experience, as the roots of colonial entanglements are multiple, continuously emerging, transforming and mobile in material reality and meaning (Deumert 2019). This paper analyzes the multispecies relations described in the historical novel And the Sea Shall Hide Them through a decolonizing political ontological methodology that makes visible coloniality and accumulation by dispossession. The book – written through a one-world world ontology - dramatizes the real-life events of a 1905 tragedy in which a black islander, Robert McField, who murdered more than a dozen islanders on a cargo and passenger boat, and the escape through the island’s mangrove trees of the sole survivor, Elsie Morgan, a young white girl. The story ends with Robert McField being detained without a trial and hanged from a limb of a mango tree.The story of Elsie Morgan and Robert McField – one told through the colonial trees of mangos and mangroves - reveals entanglements of race, belonging, lust, love, mortality, conquest, and capital accumulation. Through the embrace of “thinking-with-the-mangrove,” this paper places the historical novel against islander oral histories and contemporary socio-ecological relations to reveal the complexities and politics of socioecological relations of trees, people, race and belonging in Utila.
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