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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

(p.136) Nā ‘Ili‘ili
Kanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies

Brandy Nālani McDougall

University of Hawai'i Press

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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