OLIVEIRA, KATRINA-ANN R. KAPA?ANAOKALAOKEOLA NAKOA.
Title Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Edition First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies.
Publisher Oregon State University Press, Corvallis: 2014.
Seller ID 91906X1
Ancestral Places explores the deep connections that ancestral Kanaka (Native Hawaiians) enjoyed with their environment. It honors the mo?olelo (historical accounts) of the ancestral places of their kupuna (ancestors), and reveals how these mo?olelo and their relationships with the ?aina (land) inform a Kanaka sense of place. The book elucidates a Kanaka geography and provides contemporary scholars with insights regarding traditional culture—including the ways in which Kanaka utilize cartographic performances to map their ancestral places and retain their mo?olelo, such as reciting creation accounts, utilizing nuances embedded in language, and dancing hula. A Kanaka by birth, a kumu ?olelo Hawai?i (language teacher) by profession, and a geographer by training, Oliveira's interests intersect at the boundary where words and place-making meet her ancestral land. Thus, Ancestral Places imbues the theoretical with sensual practice. The book's language moves fluidly between Hawaiian and English, terms are nimbly defined, and the work of the field is embodied: geographic layers are enacted within the text, new understandings created—not just among lexica, but amidst illustrations, charts, terms, and poetry. In Ancestral Places, Oliveira reasserts both the validity of ancestral knowledge systems and their impact in modernity. Her discussion of Kanaka geographies encompasses the entire archipelago, offering a new framework in Kanaka epistemology. "Oliveira makes a laudable effort in bringing classic texts on Hawaiian cosmology, kinship, and kingship in conversation with each other through . . . her own original interpretation. In light of the growing literature that engages both Hawaiian ancestral knowledge and practice-oriented educational materials, teachers in preschool, K-12, higher education, and other learning programs will find this book very practical for their classrooms." -- Mascha Gugganig, Pacific Affairs: Volume 89, No. 1 - March 2016
(Key Words: Ancestral Places, Kanaka Geographies, Native Hawaiians, Hawaii, Katrina-Ann R. Kapa?anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira).