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The social meanings of hula - Hawaiian traditions and politicized identities in Hilo

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Show simple item record Torgersen, Eilin Holtan 2011-03-21T11:12:13Z 2011-03-21T11:12:13Z 2010
dc.description.abstract The social meanings of hula, the Hawaiian dance and tradition, are many and diverse. While originally having the function of preserving stories, legends and myths of the past, it has faced many interpretations and ascribed meanings throughout a history of colonization, impacts of tourism and struggles for the preservation of Hawaiian indigeneity. It has been used both as a metaphor for the feminine, the strange and exotic, and as a metonym for things Hawaiian, by both Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians. In this thesis I suggest that the Hawaiian hula is considered a valued ingredient in the social processes that define Hawaiian identity. Through the Hawaiian hula tradition the dancer is incorporated into the natural, spiritual and cosmological landscape of Hawai i, and is placed within a reciprocal relationship with the land, both important aspects of ascribed and self-ascribed Hawaiian identity. While criticizing the current biological focus on Hawaiian identity, I seek to promote an alternative way, using knowledge about and participation in the hula tradition, of defining what it means to be Hawaiian in today's American Hawai i. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher The University of Bergen en
dc.rights Copyright the author. All rights reserved en
dc.subject Hula en
dc.subject Dance en
dc.subject Tradition en
dc.subject Landscape en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Authenticity en
dc.subject Ethnicity en
dc.subject Boundaries en
dc.subject Hawaii en
dc.title The social meanings of hula - Hawaiian traditions and politicized identities in Hilo en
dc.type Master thesis Master i Sosialantropologi nob
dc.type.course SANT350
dc.rightsHolder The author en
dc.subject.archivecode Mastergrad
dc.subject.nus 738106
dc.type.program MASV-SANT

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