Marshallese Oral History Project & Digital Music Archive



The MOHP & Digital Music Archive collects stories and songs of Marshallese residents of Arkansas. Sharlynn Mom photoFrom personal memories, we create a “living archive”—a collection of audio and visual interviews and complementary documentation—which connect an individual’s stories to global events and issues. Some topics recorded to date include: traditional canoe-building, the role of women in Marshallese society, traditional healing practices, nuclear testing and its impact, the creation of the Constitution of the RMI, clans, and life both in the Islands and in Arkansas from the Marshallese perspective.

Interviews are in either Marshallese or English (dependent upon the preference of the narrator).  Audio is painstakingly transcribed and translated.  Through innovative web-based dissemination, a searchable database, and transcriptions in Marshallese and English, the collection will make these important stories available to the public.

A permanent website to house the collection is being created. Check back for announcements for its launch. Currently, ten interviews are available for viewing on Vimeo.


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Liton Beasha

Shaine Benkim

Ronny Bokmej

Henson Abon

Almina Maddison

Waston Attari

Jane Ritok

Hiram Antibas

Mona Maddison

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Click below to listen to a male soloist with the Delap Group recorded in Majuro in January, 1965. (Daughtry Collection, MEI)


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Declassified document (RMI Embassy Collection)

Click to view historic documents.