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Two views of ancient Hawaiian society

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Title: Two views of ancient Hawaiian society
Authors: Fontaine, Mark Alfred Kawika
Keywords: Ancient
Issue Date: May 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2012]
Abstract: Since 1950, two opposing views of Hawaii's history in pre-western-contact times have developed. One view is that a dramatic change occurred around the year 1450 CE with the implementation of the ahupuaa system. A culture that had been based in a kinship relationship between chiefs and commoners changed. Power was gathered into the hands of an elite who then exploited and extracted labor and the fruits of that labor from a larger group of workers in order to maintain a privileged lifestyle and pursue political goals. In opposition is another picture of Hawaii's history. This view is that power was shared between chiefs and commoners in a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship.
Balancing mechanisms functioned to move the society towards the good, a state sometimes referred to as the Hawaiian word "pono." In this study I will compare and contrast the two views.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
Appears in Collections:M.A. - History
M.A. - History

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