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Adrienne L Kaeppler

Adrienne L Kaeppler is a social/cultural anthropologist and Curator of Oceanic Ethnology (Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, New Guinea, and Australia) at the National Museum of Natural History/National Museum of Man, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  She attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and received her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Hawai'i.  Before she came to the Smithsonian she was an anthropologist on the staff of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawai'i. 

Her research focuses on material culture and the visual and performing arts in their cultural contexts, including traditional social and political structures and modern cultural identity. She has carried out field research in many parts of the Pacific with long-term research in Tonga and Hawai'i. She helped to establish the Tongan National Museum and curated the first two exhibitions there, in 1998 and 1999.

She has taught anthropology, ethnomusicology, anthropology of dance, and art history at the University of Hawai'i; the University of Maryland, College Park; The Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Johns Hopkins University; and the University of California, Los Angeles. 

She has published widely on the visual and performing arts.  Her recent books include Poetry in Motion: Studies in Tongan Dance and Hula Pahu: Hawaiian Drum Dances (both published in 1993); the Polynesian and Micronesian sections of Oceanic Art (published in French, German, and English, 1993-1997); and From the Stone Age to the Space Age in 200 Years: Tongan Art and Society on the Eve of the Millennium (1999). She co-edited the Oceania volume of Garland World History of Music, published in 1998, and was part of the team that produced Songs and Poems of Queen Salote (2004).