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Ahuʻula--the politics of a sacred garment : repositioning moʻolelo and genealogy to extract information on Hawaiian feather cloaks and capes

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Title: Ahuʻula--the politics of a sacred garment : repositioning moʻolelo and genealogy to extract information on Hawaiian feather cloaks and capes
Authors: Lopes, Natasha M. P.
Keywords: feather capes
feather cloaks
Hawaiian
Issue Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2011]
Abstract: Literature on the ʻahuʻula reveals anthropologists employed euro-centric datacollecting procedures and protocols to aid in their study of the function and purpose of the ʻahuʻula. Around mid-century, a number of sub-fields within anthropology blended approaches to further their research on the ʻahuʻula and the people of Hawaiʻi. Analysis of these approaches reveal a systemic bias develops during the midcentury, and without opposition, remained as the leading and authoritative discourse on ʻahuʻula.
This thesis is a critique of the development of euro-centric frameworks used to analyze ʻahuʻula. This investigation looks closely at the history of institutionalized research and opens discussion on issues of authority and what constitutes as non-culture based research methodologies. Research of Hawaiʻi oral stories re-positions the ʻahuʻula as a multi-faceted, socio-political tool of human endeavors. A comparison between oral stories and euro-centric viewpoints expose non-native positions that superseded a Kanaka Hawaiʻi worldview of Hawaiʻi chiefly feather capes.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101392
Appears in Collections:M.A. - Hawaiian Studies



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