Changing the Trajectory of Hawaiian Archaeology
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is an ethnographic account of Hawaiian archaeological practices, focused on the impact of archaeology on Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) communities, and conversely the impacts of Kanaka Maoli communities on the practice of archaeology. The central questions driving the work are: (1) What are the historical foundations of the sociopolitical relations between Kanaka Maoli and archaeologists? (2) What attributes characterize contemporary relationships between them? (3) How can relations between these potential allies be improved to perpetuate Hawaiian culture. Through interviews with archaeologists and Kanaka Maoli, whose personal knowledge of and experiences with the discipline of archaeology extends back to the 1940s, the book examines past and present relationships between people interested in the protection, perpetuation, and preservation of Hawaiian culture.
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