The rising frequency of environmentally triggered population displacement is creating more vulnerable communities, especially in underdeveloped nations. The projected rise in sea level will lead to the mass migration and permanent population displacement of millions of individuals around the globe. The unprecedented thresholds created through climate change lessen the adaptive strategies of indigenous populations and will make it more difficult, if not impossible, to rebound from their impacts. Building resilience within these communities to mitigate present climatic impacts and developing strategies to bridge new thresholds created through climate change will lead toward future resilience in displaced populations. The study of indigenous and informal knowledge systems within a coastal community and their migratory population will demonstrate the deep societal structures that allow for continuity and demonstrate the ability of knowledge systems to create risk reduction and climate change adaptation, benefiting local and transnational resilience building. This research focuses on the study of the building culture of an indigenous, coastal community facing the impacts of climate change and their first generation immigrant counterparts to understand the deep structures of their knowledge systems that demonstrate cultural capacity, continuity and resilience building. Climate ethnography, adapted from the work of Susan Crate, will be used to conduct this multi-sited study in order to develop cultural models of resilience and adaptation. Using participatory research methods, the community of Rita of Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands will be studied along with family members who have immigrated to Springdale, Arkansas,USA. It is expected that this study will uncover indigenous knowledge systems within the culture of building that are essential for resilience building, mitigating vulnerability, and allowing for climate adaptation both locally and globally. The knowledge uncovered can be used to inform current disaster risk mitigation practices. I conjecture that a hybridity model of knowledge systems will be necessary to bridge the thresholds of climate change in order to develop more resilient communities.