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Kanaka 'Oiwi MethodologiesMoolelo and Metaphor$
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Katrina-Ann R. Kapa'anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira and Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855857

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855857.001.0001

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Nā ‘Ili‘ili

Nā ‘Ili‘ili

Chapter:
(p.136) Nā ‘Ili‘ili
Source:
Kanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies
Author(s):

Brandy Nālani McDougall

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855857.003.0008

In this chapter, the author tells the story of a young kahu and his encounter with dying and dead lizards (moʻo) to highlight the strength and sanctity of ʻike kūpuna, or ancestral knowledge. Her use of the moʻo offers a powerful metaphor for the regenerative power of ʻike kūpuna and all the (re)connections that “moʻo” have in our cultural epistemologies, such as moʻolelo, moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy, ancestry), and kuamoʻo (backbone, spine, trail, path).

Keywords:   kahu, ʻike kūpuna, ancestral knowledge, moʻo, lizards, moʻolelo, moʻokūʻauhau, kuamoʻo

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