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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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In Their Own Voices

In Their Own Voices

(p.105) Chapter Five In Their Own Voices
Kuleana and Commitment

Kathleen L. Kawelu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the two broad narratives that surfaced during the interviews discussed in Chapters 3 and 4, representing the perspectives of eleven Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), twelve archaeologists, and five Kanaka Maoli archaeologists. The first narrative speaks to a growing Kanaka Maoli voice, insisting archaeologists recognize a living culture that is relevant to archaeological practice. It weaves together four different stories of the persistence of Kanaka Maoli cultural beliefs and practices. In this living culture narrative, individuals speak of cultural responsibilities, the incongruence of some traditional cultural practices and current heritage laws, judgment of our actions by forces greater than those in the judicial system, and increasing involvement of Kanaka Maoli in archaeology. The second narrative characterizes the range of archaeological commitment to understanding the Kanaka Maoli past and to engaging descendants.

Keywords:   Hawaiian archaeology, archaeologists, Native Hawaiians, Kanaka Maoli, interviews, living culture

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