Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Display: Snitch

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently exhibiting a sculpture titled "snitch," by Aotearoa-based artist Brett Graham. The sculpture is on loan from the UH Art Gallery, which provided the below description:

Brett Graham (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 
snitch, 2014
foam, tar, feathers
Different manifestations of binding can involve alienation, appropriation and misappropriation that may result in an integration of sorts. But even when relevant facts are known, integration with a partial or total disconnect can also occur.
As a character, Stitch has an alien origin—that is, alien to Earth. The creators of the animation film Lilo and Stitch originally intended the narrative to be set in Kansas. But the plot was shifted to Hawai‘i where a Hawaiian family adopts Stitch. The family was portrayed as dysfunctional and impoverished by a failing American economy. The long-standing reasons for these conditions—the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, colonization, and annexation of the islands by the United States that were definite negative repercussions of a forced binding of two societies—are never mentioned in the Lilo and Stitch narrative. Once these factors are taken into consideration, though, Stitch can be viewed as emblematic of them. 

Graham
 recently completed a residency on the East Coast of the United States and was intrigued by the practice of the American revolutionaries, who tarred and feathered their traitors—those who remained loyal to Britain. He writes, “although the United States was founded on ‘liberty’ and ‘independence,’ it does not recognize Hawaii’s own claim to self-determination. Although Stitch has been ‘adopted’ by a Hawaiian family, he essentially remains an outsider, an alien to their cause.”

On Display: Nautilus the Protector

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are proud to exhibit Nautilus the Protector, a collection of woodcut prints by Joy Enomoto. The series will be only display through mid-April. Joy's artist statement is below.

Joy Enomoto is a UH Mānoa BFA alumni whose work is concerned with decolonizing geography, plantation genealogies and the salt water conversations that occur within the space of the diaspora. She explores the idea of creating and holding onto our own cartographies in a world of rising sea levels and the ongoing destruction of the seabed and ancestral homelands.


The Nautilus the Protector series is a response work to a poem by the same name, written by Lyz Soto. Nautilus Minerals Mining Company, based in Canada, has recently received a license to begin deep sea mining in the Bismarck Sea off the coast of Papua New Guinea, seeking minerals found on the seabed growing near the hydrothermal vents. To break the foundation of the earth and to threaten those creatures, such as the nautilus that are 2 million years older than the dinosaurs, reveals the continued hubris and naiveté of the western world  for the sake of making more microchips for cell phones.  This work is in support of those natives of Papua New Guinea who have been fighting this idea since its inception and who seek to protect the origin of all life. The Pacific faces the fastest and most devastating threats from human induced climate change. We must ask ourselves, if we drill a hole through our beginnings, where will we be in the end?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the Pacific Islands

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the Pacific Islands offers a $15,000 stipend and tuition assistance for graduate recipients as well as $5,000 for undergraduates. The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 FLAS fellowship was recently extended to February 15, 2015. For more information, click on the flyer at right.

Friday, January 23, 2015

New resource: Ethnographic Video Online


 http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=58192

The University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa Library recently coordinated the purchase of a subscription to Ethnographic Video Online, which provides faculty, staff and students throughout the UH system with online access to over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, feature films and previously unpublished fieldwork. The collection includes the work of a number of UH faculty members, as well as several highly regarded Hawai'i- and Pacific-based filmmakers, including (among many others) Vilsoni Hereniko, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Tom Coffman, Stephanie J. Castillo, Peter Rockford Espiritu, Puhipau, Wendy Arbeit. In addition to searching out specific titles, users can browse in a variety of ways, including by Cultural Group, Places Discussed, and People Discussed. The purchase of this collection was made possible in part by a generous donation from Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Special thanks also go to Kris Anderson, who recently left UH-M Library for a position as director of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Library: Kris was responsible for working with all of the system libraries in coordinating the purchase. UH-Mānoa faculty, students and staff can access Ethnographic Video Online from this link: http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=58192 For access from other system libraries, contact your campus library.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

In Memoriam: Dr. George William Grace

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Dr. George W. Grace (September 8, 1921 - January 17, 2015). Dr. Grace was a professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he served on the faculty in the Department of Linguistics from 1964 until 1991. In 1955, while a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, Dr. Grace began work for the Tri-Institutional Pacific Project (TRIPP) — a project of Pacific anthropological research funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and administered by Yale University, the University of Hawaii, and Honolulu's Bernice P. Bishop Museum. His task was to produce a classification of the Austronesian languages of Oceania, with particular attention to the position of Polynesian languages. In 1955, after several months of library research in New York, Dr. Grace departed for Melanesia, and for the next year traveled throughout the region conducting fieldwork. In 2007, Dr. Grace donated his Melanesian field notes, photographs and related papers to Hamilton Library's Pacific Collection -- all are available online via the George Grace Collection. Numerous of his works, both published and unpublished, can also be found throughout Hamilton Library's collections.