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Kuleana and CommitmentWorking toward a Collaborative Hawaiian Archaeology$
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Kathleen L. Kawelu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846800

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846800.001.0001

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Stories and Storytellers

Stories and Storytellers

(p.84) Chapter Four Stories and Storytellers
Kuleana and Commitment

Kathleen L. Kawelu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter continues the discussion of interviews of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and archaeologists began in Chapter 3. It begins by describing the use of narrative analysis to understand how speakers make sense of the world around them, conveying their experiences to a listener through narratives. It then turns to the interviews of eleven Kanaka Maoli for this study. Five of the Kanaka Maoli self-identified as activists and six Kanaka Maoli did not. Eight individuals were directly involved in the cases discussed in Chapter 2; they were chosen because of their first-hand knowledge of these events. Six of the Kanaka Maoli have served on an island burial council, directly dealing with burial issues and regularly interacting with archaeologists. The perspectives of six women and five men are represented, as well as individuals from five islands.

Keywords:   Hawaiian archaeology, archaeologists, Native Hawaiians, Kanaka Maoli, interviews, personal narratives, narrative analysis

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