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Lands, Seas and Skies: Conversations with Science, Tradition and the
Tuesday, September 6 to Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Sept. 6th, 7:00pm-9:30pm, Art Auditorium, UHM
A screening of Standing on Sacred
Ground – Islands of
Sanctuary (Australia & Hawai‘i) with Filmmaker Toby McLeod and
Hawaiian Language Instructor Kaliko Baker of the Protect Kaho'olawe
'Ohana. Reception at 7:00pm. Questions and answers following the film.
screening flyer for more information.
Sept. 7th, 8:30am –
Lands, Seas, and Skies:
Conversations with Science, Traditions, and the Sacred symposium
(panels at 8:30, 11:00, 2:00, and 4:00).
This all-day conversation between traditional knowledge holders,
guardians of sacred lands, natural scientists, academics, and protected
area managers will unfold through a series of discussions about
specific places and issues loosely organized around three domains
(lands, seas, and skies). The goal of the symposium is to highlight
possibilities for growing collaboration, mutual understanding, and
better protection of biodiversity, indigenous land rights, and sacred
natural sites and territories. Whether perceived through the lens of
science or the sacred, nature and nature’s spaces and cultural
diversity alike face tremendous threats, and now more then ever we need
innovative approaches, new thinking, and concerted efforts to provide
appropriate solutions. Enhancing and fostering dialogue between
different epistemic communities, different ways of thinking about and
approaching western science, tradition, and the sacred is the goal. A
concluding roundtable and open-room dialogue seeks to raise the meaning
of the day’s conversations for our work as scientists and scholars, for
the the policies at our university, and for the research goals and
directions this gives us as a community of teachers and learners. See
flyer for more information.
Scholars, filmmakers, cultural practitioners, and community organizers,
will come together for a full-day symposium that seeks to enhance our
understanding of the possibilities of conversation and exchange between
science, traditions, and the sacred, including Toby McLeod, Kaliko
Baker, Danil Mamyev, Slava Cheltuyev, Buyanbadrakh, Patricia Gualinga,
Brendan Mackey, Rosie ʻAnolani Alegado, Hiʻilei Kawelo, Mac Poepoe,
Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, Kalei Nuuhiwa, Alan Friedlander, Paul
Coleman, Luana Busby-Neff, and more.
Organized by the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific—a UHM knowledge
center and network linking scholars, instructors, and students who
share the common goal of thinking holistically to enhance understanding
of biocultural systems—this symposium seeks to draw broad participation
from across UHM’s natural and social science, humanities, and broader
communities. See series
flyer for more information.
This symposium is grateful for support from The Biocultural Initiative
of the Pacific, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, The Christensen
Fund, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of
Ethnic Studies, Department of History, Department of Linguistics,
Department of Political Science & Indigenous Politics Program,
the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Sacred Land Film
Project, and SOEST.
Alexander Mawyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sailing with Lata: The Unbroken Voyaging Traditions of Taumako Island
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: John A. Burns
Hall, Room 3118, 1601 East-West Road
Unknown to most of the world, ethnically Polynesian navigators in the
remote Solomon Islands high island of Taumako have carried on an
unbroken ancestral tradition of canoe building and navigation,
constructing remarkably engineered voyaging vaka solely with natural
materials and traditional methods.
Drs. Simon Salopuka and Mimi George will discuss the latest activities
of the Vaka Taumako Project, which is dedicated to perpetuating this
imperiled tradition. The project is now working on a documentary and
book based on tales of Taumako’s legendary original voyager Lata, who
is known in many different forms throughout Polynesia. And the Taumako
islanders are preparing for a historic voyage along ancestral routes to
an island in Vanuatu, the longest Taumako voyage in many decades.
Dr. Simon Salopuka, executive director of the Vaka Taumako Project in
the Solomon Islands, was born on Taumako but left at a young age to
pursue his studies, eventually becoming the first Taumako islander to
attend college, and later a medical doctor. He is now residing back on
Taumako in preparation for the voyage to Vanuatu.
Dr. Mimi George is an anthropologist, sailor, and writer specializing
in voyaging cultures. After visiting Taumako in 1993, she agreed to the
request of paramount chief and master navigator Kruso Kaveia to help
perpetuate the island’s voyaging traditions, which were nearing
extinction. She serves as the project’s principal investigator.
for more information.
East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program and the University
of Hawai'i at Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies
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