Working Session: Mana Moana: Protecting Sacredness
Organizers: Tevita Ka’ili and Matanginifale Nuhisifa Seve-Williams
Due to the success of the Mana Moana: Protecting Sacredness working session in Aotearoa, we are going to reconvene another working session in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. We will arrange the tā-vā, time-space, of our working session in collective and circular modes to foster talanoa, “talking-critically-yet-harmoniously” (Hūfanga). Our session will continue to critically examine issues relating to protecting the sacred, desecration, cultural theft, cultural appropriation, (mis)representation, commercialization, commodification of sacredness, colonialism, consultation/collaboration, and Oceanian agency.
Three years ago, Disneyʼs movie Moana raised a number of critical issues for Indigenous scholars that are still debated through media and social media with particular reference to protecting the sacred, cultural theft, islander participation, and commodification of sacredness. We welcome participants from all sides of the debate to share their thoughts on Disneyʼs Moana, patenting of Aloha and Bula, proliferation of kava bars, ownership of motifs and hula movements, guarding Indigenous knowledge, historicizing navigational knowledge, cultural appropriation, (mis)representation, commercialization/commodification, colonialism/neocolonialism, consultation (Free Prior & Informed Consent), Indigenous agency as well as the latest struggle in the protection of Mauna Kea.
We are looking forward to talanoa at this working session. Participants interested in this session should e-mail intention to participate and a topic either to Tēvita O Kaʻili (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Nuhisifa Seve-Williams (email@example.com) by 1 November 2019.
Nuhisifa Seve-Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tevita O Ka‘ili <email@example.com>