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Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838959

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.001.0001

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Sovereignty out from under Glass?

Sovereignty out from under Glass?

Native Hawaiian Rhetorics at the Bishop Museum

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(p.125) Chapter Eleven Sovereignty out from under Glass?
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Huihui
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Lisa King

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.003.0012

This chapter examines the ways in which the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Honolulu has recognized Native Hawaiian rhetorics through which it has maintained and displayed its collections. In particular, it considers the 2006–2009 renovation of the museum’s Hawaiian Hall facilities as an attempt to decolonize the rhetorical habits of the institution regarding its relationship with the Native Hawaiian community. The chapter first traces the history of the Bishop Museum before discussing the role of museums as rhetorical sites that may provide counternarratives to colonial representations or even to postcolonial representations. It then turns to the Hawaiian Hall exhibit to illustrate the problems the Bishop Museum has had in its relationship to Native Hawaiians. More specifically, it also explores how the participation of the Native Hawaiian community in the Hawaiian Hall renovation has created opportunities for ongoing “rhetorical sovereignty” in specifically Native Hawaiian terms while simultaneously revealing the problems and ambiguities of trying to do so within a traditionally colonial framework.

Keywords:   rhetorics, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, renovation, Hawaiian Hall, Native Hawaiians, colonial representations, postcolonial representations, rhetorical sovereignty

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