Informal Session: Considering Lata: Hero of a Thousand Faces
Organizers: Heuionalani Wyeth and Marianne "Mimi" George
The five of us who participated in this session had such a fun and interesting conversation that had Rick Feinberg served as time-keeper we would have talked our way right through the morning break. We hope to continue the colloquy in Portland, since, between Hilo and Auckland, we have assembled ten of Lata's thousand faces, leaving us with 990 to go. We encourage more people to join us, because at the current rate we shall need 1980 years to collect them. So welcome to our discussion of this fascinating culture hero/trickster/ dancer/sailor and her/his ancient, new, and never-ending story. H. Wyeth, Martha Noyes, Arcturus, and other celestially evident culture heroes, the articulation of Lata stories across Polynesian and Austronesian oral traditions, and the systematic character of Lata's knowledge system and methods of reconciliation and connection-making protocols throughout Oceania. We hope to find travel support (and succeed in getting a US visa) for a Taumako scholar to present his paper in the session at the Portland meetings.
For more information please contact Heu’ionalani Wyeth and Mimi George at <email@example.com>