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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Head Candy/Gut Connection

Head Candy/Gut Connection

How Reenacting a Historic Event Changes the Present in Hawai‘i

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(p.162) Head Candy/Gut Connection
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At Home and in the Field
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Lynette Hi‘ilani Cruz

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0028

This chapter illustrates how theatrical performance artists teach Hawaiian genealogy and kinship in public culture in Hawai‘i. It tells a story of “indigenous anthropology” on Hawaiian performance arts on O‘ahu that provides cultural education through dramatic reenactments of Hawaiian history, showing the roles these performances play in understanding Hawaiian culture and identity. More than just history, the reenactment illustrates a real and present injury situated in the present time. Drama makes space for emotion, for the Hawaiian sense of na‘au (feeling settled in the gut, akin to emotional intelligence that allows us to feel calm and satisfied) to surface in acceptable ways.

Keywords:   indigenous anthropology, Hawaiian genealogy and kinship, Hawaiian kinship, Hawaiian public culture, Hawai‘i, Hawaiian performance arts, dramatic reenactments, drama, cultural education, Hawaiian history

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